KEY POINTS

  • Sony may be working on a remastering engine for the PlayStation 5
  • The remastering engine will reportedly enable the PlayStation 5 to run older games
  • PlayStation 5 is arriving sometime in the holiday of 2020

PlayStation 5 will feature real backwards compatibility that will enable players to play PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 games, according to YouTuber and DJ  HipHopGamer. Over the years, the Japanese console maker Sony never really have true backwards compatibility on its current-generation gaming consoles. It appears that Sony is making sure now with PlayStation 5 that gamers will be able to play their favorite PlayStation classic titles.

While it is true that PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 could run PlayStation 1 games, but gamers could not play PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 games on the current generation PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro. The only way for players to do this is to subscribe to PlayStation Now and stream older generation games through the service or purchase retro digital titles on the PSN. However, according to a recent YouTube video by HipHopGamer, Sony is working on a ‘remastering engine’ that will not only play older games but also improve its visuals.

The popular YouTuber and gamer do not reveal the sources of his latest information. However, his information, paired with everything else he discussed on the video, which is general knowledge in the industry, makes his claims more interesting. But, it is best not to get too excited until Sony releases its own statement related to backwards compatibility.

Sony PlayStation 5 Sony's top bosses recently confirmed that it is willing to retail the PlayStation 5 at a very affordable price to penetrate the market, and this new patent seemingly justifies this strategy. Photo: Photo: YouTube Screenshot/Tobe Gaming

So far, we know from the Japanese console maker that the PlayStation 5 will arrive sometime in the holiday of 2020. Most of the specs of the upcoming gaming console are still unknown, but there are minor details that were already revealed to the general public. Among these is the support for ray-tracing that improves the visuals of the games. 

Sony is also using the solid-state drive in replacement for the hard drive found in current-generation PlayStation 4. Backwards compatibility could give the PlayStation 5 additional hand against its rival Xbox Series X. Microsoft’s gaming console already has backwards compatibility for years, and Sony, unfortunately, dragged its feet on it in every gaming console launch.

While not every gamer would use the backwards compatibility feature, others would appreciate the idea of going back and playing their favorite childhood games in PlayStation 5, especially with the extensive back catalog of the Japanese console maker.