PlayStation Cartridge 1

Sony has filed a patent for a curious new cartridge in Brazil, raising speculation about the nature of the product it’s designed for. The last cartridge-based console that the company released was the ill-fated PS Vita, and with the PlayStation 5 already confirmed to include a 4K Blu-ray drive, it’s unlikely to be related to that. Could this be a new handheld?

The answer is almost certainly no, because we’ve been here before, haven’t we? Around this time last year, the platform holder patented a strangely shaped cartridge, prompting all sorts of speculation. Those rumours were quickly quelled, however, when it emerged that the device was actually for the Sony Toio, a toy only available in Japan.

This new cartridge patent has been submitted by Yujin Morisawa, the same man behind the aforementioned toy. Nothing to see here, then? There’ll need to be a lot more smoke added to the fire before we believe this anything other than Sony R&D messing around. We’d recommend you don’t get your hopes up either.

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