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If PS5 will have BC then MS needs to find something else to boast about next gen hehe

In all seriousness, this is fantastic news.  Maybe we'll stop getting all those "HD remasters" that arent even that old and doesn't deserve.



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KBG29 said:
Since B/C is going to be industry standard going forward, and across multiple form factors at that, I don't really think Sony has a choice if they want to remain a player in this space.

There have been a lot of signs that PS5 will have B/C. I think the only question now is how far will it go. Sony will have to move away from Cell/Nvidia based servers for PS3 games on PS Now. That will likely mean PS3 games will end up emulated on Epyc/Radeon based servers. This will be the same tech we have in PS5, so there is really no reason PS5 should not include PS3 B/C as well.

Then theire is the next gen Phone/Portable as well. That will need access to PS3 and PS4 titles as well. Sony could win big if they announce all of your Digital PS3 and PS4 titles will be playable on PS5 and PS5 Phone day one.

What PS5 phone?



Business wise, BC, I think it would be the smart thing to do.



vivster said:
If PS5 is not fully backwards compatible to PS4 then it's specifically by design to prohibit it.

That's not true at all.  If they came out with the PS5 without doing anything to prohibit B/C, it still wouldn't run PS4 games.

lansingone said:
I think rumors like this will probably hurt them in the long run. I've seen this and stories like it popping up all over, and the general excitement I keep seeing from people who don't understand how hard this would be makes me feel like not announcing PS1-4 Bc, would be a letdown and almost free marketing for MS, if they evolved their current system into true BC.
I just don't think Sony expected it to be that big of a deal, and all they've invested in is making PS4 purchases carry over. But, the last thing they want is to have their competition branding them anti consumer right out of the gate (we've see how that works before).

The only way it would hurt them is if it wasn't B/C with PS4.  And really, even if it wasn't, that wouldn't lead to the death of the PS5.  Just like having B/C didn't really do much for the XBO.  Having B/C just makes it easier for PS4 owners to transition to next gen, especially if they are trading in their old PS4s to help pay for the PS5.  Sony knows B/C isn't the end all be all considering they have been doing it a lot longer than MS has.  PS4 was the only console of theirs not to feature it significantly, and it still is going to sell 115M+.

V-r0cK said:

If PS5 will have BC then MS needs to find something else to boast about next gen hehe

In all seriousness, this is fantastic news.  Maybe we'll stop getting all those "HD remasters" that arent even that old and doesn't deserve.

If the patent is anything to go on, it seems like they want to still do remasters, but through emulation.  It talks about replacing assets, like textures, with improved ones.  I think that would be a killer feature, and could be a great stream of extra revenue if publishers actually make use of it.  Even if the emulator just does what the PS2 emulator does on the PS4, outputs in 1080p (maybe 4K this time) and smooths out textures and jaggies, it would make playing PS1 and PS2 games much easier on the eyes.



thismeintiel said:
vivster said:
If PS5 is not fully backwards compatible to PS4 then it's specifically by design to prohibit it.

That's not true at all.  If they came out with the PS5 without doing anything to prohibit B/C, it still wouldn't run PS4 games.

Oh it will, it's a standard architecture. Unless of course they design it in a way that it won't.



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vivster said:
thismeintiel said:

That's not true at all.  If they came out with the PS5 without doing anything to prohibit B/C, it still wouldn't run PS4 games.

Oh it will, it's a standard architecture. Unless of course they design it in a way that it won't.

No. That's not how any computing devices work.  Sony can develop the PS5 to have extremely similar architecture to the PS4 and it still wouldn't automatically run PS4 games.  It's like saying my desktop will run such and such a game at x settings - well only if you have Windows 10 installed. It's probably not going to run that game if you have linux of mac OS installed, or even Windows XP, is it? See the operating system needs to be able to read and interpret a PS4 game and run it correctly. The PS5's OS will have to be developed to do that, it won't just automatically run PS4 games if it's been programmed to run PS5 games.