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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: Attendees walk past the Sony Playstation booth during the E3 gaming conference on June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Sony just filed a new patent that points to a backwards compatibility feature in an upcoming hardware release.

The patent was brought to light yesterday by and suggests some interesting ideas. Primarily, the patent proposes the idea that future PlayStation hardware would be able to play games from every generation of PlayStation.

Speculation and Microsoft’s backwards compatibility initiative have led many to believe Sony would at least move to make the PlayStation 5 compatible with PlayStation 4 software. The thought the console could potentially allow access to decades on PlayStation titles is something not many anticipated.

All of this said, patents are not something to place bets on, so take this pie-in-the-sky scenario with a grain of salt for now. After all, PlayStation does already have its own form of backwards compatibility with PlayStation Now. Read up on OnlySP’s Daniel Pereira’s thoughts on the matter of PlayStation Now here.

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Michael Cripe
Michael fell into the OnlySP team toward the end of 2017. You’ll mostly catch his work over in the news area, but that doesn’t mean he won’t dip into the features section every now and then. For him, gaming doesn’t get much better than Metal Gear Solid and Super Mario Sunshine. Though he is a die-hard Nintendo fan, he grew up on PlayStation.

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