A new patent has suggested that Sony may be trying to make older hardware, such as peripherals or handhelds, compatible with modern PlayStation consoles.
The patent (marked by Rant Game) seems to show old Sony hardware, such as old media remotes, DualShock controllers, and even a handheld console, likely the PSP Go, being used through emulation with a PlayStation 5.
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The image, which can be seen below, shows a DualShock, a Sony Media Remote, what appears to be a PlayStation mouse, an EyeToy, a PlayStation Move wand, and a memory card.
Much of this technology has long been abandoned by Sony, with the most modern being the PlayStation Move wand, which is still used to control the first iteration of PlayStation VR.
What makes the patent even more interesting is that the peripherals appear to be mostly from the PS3 era, which could suggest this is part of Sony’s reported efforts to emulate the system, which has been relegated to streaming-only in part of Sony’s recent PlayStation. Also, rename.
While it’s possible to imagine Sony exploring how to make this older technology work through emulation, as no equipment other than PS Move Wands is currently available for purchase, it may simply act as a process of emulating the functionality of these items in software, rather than compatibility with the PlayStation 5.
Sony’s new PlayStation Plus offering, which is now available in most territories, features three tiers, the highest of which offers access to classic games from PlayStation’s back catalogue.
While PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable titles are offered through emulation, the PlayStation 3, which is notoriously difficult to emulate due to its unique technology, is only playable through streaming.