You Might Be Able To Play Old Games On The PlayStation 5

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You always remember things from your youth being better than today’s offering.

With that in mind, I recently bought a PlayStation 1 so I could play the Tarzan game (very disappointing) for a silly amount of money and every now and then, when my friend Euan comes over, I have to dig out my PlayStation 3 so we can play co-op missions on Modern Warfare 2 or 3.

It’s a hard life but that’s just part and parcel of being a brave young man like me.

Ultimately, it’s only a slight inconvenience but I currently have the luxury of cupboard space. That will change very shortly when I move to a different place. I’m going to have to prioritise and send my Playstation 1 and 3 back home, only using my PS4.

You know what that means, right? I can’t play the Tarzan game or Modern Warfare 2 and 3. A fate worse than death.

Salvation is perhaps just over the horizon, however, as some eagle-eyed games have noticed a new patent from the guys who make PS4 chips.

This new patent would allow a games console processor to act as a processor for previous models, meaning you’d be able to play older games.

Essentially putting old tech in new tech and calling it newer tech.

According to GearNuke, a summary of the patent reads:

Each asset, such as a texture called for by legacy software – such as a legacy computer game software – has a unique identifier associated with it. The unique identifier can be rendered by imposing a hash on the asset, and then the asset stored with its identifier in a data structure.

An artist remasters the textures for presentation on a higher resolution display than envisioned in the original software and stores them back in the data structure with their identifiers.

The original software is then played on the higher resolution display, with asset (such as texture) calls being intercepted, identified, and the data structure entered to retrieve the remastered asset having a matching identifier. The remastered asset is then inserted on the fly into the game presentation.

Yeah that’s what I was going to say.

The theory is that this new tech would be used in the upcoming PlayStation 5 but obviously there’s no guarantee of that. I previously made some mock-ups of what the PlayStation 5 may look like, if you’re interested…

Bad news for some but good news for me, Sony have said that the PlayStation 5 is unlikely to be released before 2021.

I do want one, it’s just that time passing scares me and I swear I only bought the PlayStation 4 when I was drunk after it came out four months ago?

Images via Sony, Activision, Getty

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