As the rumor mill never stops churning, this is a mix of fact and rumor. Fact is, the patent is very real, but the rumor (or speculation around the fact) is feasible, but still a rumor.
Sony has officially patented technology that would allow the next console (PS5?) to feature backwards compatibility. Even more interesting, the patent isn’t simply restricted to the PS4, but it includes backward compatibility for the PS3, PS2 and the original PS1. This quite a hefty patent indeed.
If the next console (PS5?) from Sony, does release with these capabilities, Sony will more than likely continue to reign supreme in the gaming industry. The key here, is to be able to use discs and be able to bring over your digital collection to the next generation. While there is nothing concrete here, we do know that the technology officially exists. A PS5 without backwards compatibility would be a mistake, in my opinion. I have a feeling that the execs over at Sony, agree.
While we don’t know when the next console will release in the market (let alone a reveal date), it is interesting to see what may or may not be featured in the next piece of hardware from Sony. I have high hopes that backwards compatibility will be waiting for us thanks to this patent, but part of being a gamer, is learning to live with disappointment about 50 percent of the time.