Sony on PlayStation 5: "it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware"

Sony planning Backward Compatibility for PS5 [Rumor]

Sony planning Backward Compatibility for PS5 [Rumor]

A patent filed by Sony has emerged, which appears to provide a potential means of making PS4 games backwards-compatible on the forthcoming PlayStation 5. Speaking to the Financial Times, Yoshida stated, "At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware". Well, we don't know for sure. However, the fact that Yoshida has publicly referenced next-generation hardware and Sony's need for it could be an indication of where the company feels the PS4 is in its life, as well as acknowledgement that a successor is in the works. But is he avoiding the PS5 title because it's a given, or could Sony be planning a move away from the series?

However, the Financial Times claims its sources indicate the actual hardware won't be that different to the PlayStation 4.

Maybe the change is so major that it's a completely new system - streaming, perhaps? It's clear that Sony isn't blind to this emerging market, pushing heavily on its PlayStation Now subscription to allow users to stream a library of games.

While it's too soon to speak for the next-next generation, it is likely reassuring to PlayStation fans that there will be at least one more console in the works.

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As said, this is just speculation at this point, and it's not even like the PS4 is dead.

"There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us", Guillemot said.

The patent application is pretty technical and convoluted, but its most basic summary is: "As understood herein, remastering some entertainment assets such as older computer games to be played on later model consoles can entail creating an entirely new software to accommodate improved capabilities of the later model console".

Archenemy Microsoft also commented on future tech this week. Can Sony top it?

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