Despite the fact that Sony has not yet released any announcement, actually not even a clue, about the arrival of PlayStation 5, also because they still need to "protect" their recently released PlayStation 4 Pro, in the last weeks the Internet keeps popping out more and more rumors about the latest generation of consoles created by the Japanese multinational.
Some of these rumors that seem to have more realistic grounds and on which one could bet on, perhaps with 888sports new jersey, are about an official presentation of the new console coming in early 2019 and a full reveal scheduled for the next edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo that will take place as usual in Los Angeles, California next year from June 11 to 13.
Meanwhile, however, there are a couple more stories that seem to be intriguing as they are about a console that will be backward compatible with PlayStation 4’s software and would undoubtedly be enormously welcomed by the millions of owners of the Sony game machines.
Actually it was discovered that Sony has recently filed a patent that would suggest a model of backward compatibility similar to that used by Xbox One and that would allow, in addition to the normal operation of games, also a graphical improvement of these games for example with improved texture in resolution and other additional graphic effects.
We should make it clear that the patent does not obviously specify the name of PlayStation 5 and that potentially the project could concern PlayStation 4 in relation to the software of PlayStation 3 but it would seem strange that Sony would invest on this project at the end of the glorious life cycle of PS4.
Backward compatibility is a very important aspect especially at the beginning of the life of a new console. Not every consumer is able to keep more than a console connected to the TV and also from an economic point of view, even if users sold the old console they would be able to pay off only a part of the costs of a new gaming machine.
However successful PlayStation 4 has been, the lack of backward compatibility with PS3 games has made lots of users around the world turn up their noses on this decision. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Xbox at first didn’t introduce the option to use Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, slowing down potential upgrades to the new console sold by the Redmond-based multinational.
Besides the software, there is also the problem related to all the peripherals. We are talking about the different controller models and also PlayStation VR, the virtual reality helmet produced by Sony. The more developers will be able to make everything work on PS5, the more they will be able to boost sales of their new product.
It’s true that Sony dominates the console market today, nevertheless there is no lack of competition on the market. Even if Microsoft has lost some share in the transition from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, it has no intention to surrender and then there is Nintendo that, after Wii-U’s false move, is getting incredible sales records with Nintendo Switch and its truly unique hybrid home and portable gaming features. So we expect a 2019 that could prove to be really decisive for the videogame market.