It’s been recently revealed that back in August, Sony filed a patent for a new external processor unit which could conceivably be used with the PlayStation 3, possibly bumping up the system’s processing power, making it more akin to a PlayStation 3.5 than either a PS3 or PS4. In fact the patent went so far as to specify that multiple external processors could be used in tandem for truly dynamic power.
Of course, the mere fact that such a patent exists means very little, and could amount to nothing at all. It looks like Sony has (or at least had) some interest in bridging the gap to the PlayStation 4 though, which could indicate that the PlayStation 4 is not quite as close to release as we may think. It seems unlikely otherwise that Sony would go to the trouble of developing and releasing such a device if the PlayStation 4 were just around the corner, given it would take time for the device to catch on, and for developers to create games.
Can You Ever Have Too Much Power?
Another curious facet to this patent is that by all accounts, even current games are still not pushing the PS3 to its limits, or even close to its limits, which begs the question, why would developers need this power in the first place, and why would consumers need to spend more money on it? Let’s see developers tap every last ounce of processing power the PS3 can muster before we start worrying about finding more of said power.
It should be stated as well that the patent doesn’t specify the external processor as being for use with the PS3, so it could actually be that this device is being developed in tandem with the PS4. Sony could have designs on releasing a more streamlined machine initially that would lower costs and potentially give them a better start to the next console wars, with this being an ace in the sleeve if and when the PS4 can no longer handle the current game development of the day.
Relying on such a device to save the system at that time would be risky though, as such add-on devices have a history of failure in the gaming industry and usually fail to garner support from both consumers and developers.
What do you think? Will this external processor ever see the light of day? Will it be used with the PS3, the PS4, or both? And would you buy it? Let us know your thoughts on this interesting patent below.