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Do you really think Sony will include software emulation for the PS5?

Yes, definitely. From PS1 to PS4. 20 31.25%
Yes, except PS3 because o... 29 45.31%
Maybe. 10 15.63%
No, they won't. 5 7.81%

It seems Sony has updated a patent they have posted in March which might hint at backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 5. 

Here's a summary for the patent named "Remastering by emulation":

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.

Personally, I don't think this kind of emulation will be similar to the kind performed on the actuality. It might be a new breed of emulation, but that's just me.

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...only to take it out some time later. I don't trust them with BC.

Maybe, but I can't see them offering a service like that for free, unless they're losing the race.

i can totaly see than doing BC whit all PS consoles, except PS3.

Prediction: In 5 years Nintendo will Lauch a "Core Mario game"  very similar to Astro Bot. That said, many will Ignore Astro Bot existence and say Nintendo created this concept.

Ok, that's emulation put on a whole new level I guess.

Now where's the actual part about backwards compatibility ?

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Well I think it is either for a ubscription model like PS Now or for something like the PS Classic.

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Yes, BC with all, including PS3.

Sounds like what the XBO does with X360 and original XBOX games where it displays games and textures at higher resolutions if they're available, which would make sense because most assets, more specifically textures, are created at a higher resolution than needed anyway... would be cool if they can get backwards compatibility working with all their previous home consoles.

just copy Microsoft and do it their way. I'm down with that.

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OTBWY said:
...only to take it out some time later. I don't trust them with BC.

PS4 is obviously happening.

This patent just sounds like how they currently do PS2, psp games. Just perhaps easier without trophy support