A patent spotted by Gearnuke has prompted fresh PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility rumours – although we’re not convinced the site’s speculation is entirely accurate. The documentation, to be fair, is legit – it’s named ‘Remastering by Emulation’, and was filed all the way back in 2016, before being published publicly this month.
The abstract talks about taking original software and then inserting new assets on the fly, effectively allowing classic games to be played on higher resolution displays in “remastered” form. While this does sound a lot like backwards compatibility, we personally believe that the patent pertains to some of Sony’s recent remasters, like PaRappa the Rapper Remastered.
For those of you who don’t know, the Japanese giant’s actually created a PSP emulator for the PlayStation 4, which it’s used for several games like LocoRoco Remastered and Patapon Remastered. The way this works is that it takes the portable game code but replaces the original assets with 4K ones, resulting in more modern presentation.
We believe that this is what the patent is referring to, especially when you consider that the documentation was filed in 2016, a few months before PaRappa the Rapper et al were announced for the PS4. Now we still firmly believe that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, but this patent isn’t proof of that in our eyes.