As noted by Game Rant, a new patent filed by Sony seems to suggest that the PlayStation 5 may soon support PS3 era hardware such as Dualshock Controllers, PSP, and more. These peripherals can then be used via emulation with the PS5.

The patent illustrates various PlayStation peripherals such as the PS Move Wand, the Legacy Card Reader and the PSP. Sony recently launched a revamped version of PlayStation Plus and the top tier – Premium/Deluxe have allowed players access to older generation PS titles via streaming (in select regions).

Perhaps this is SIE’s way of taking emulation a step further by making old hardware still functional on the new consoles. Even with access to certain PS3-era games over streaming, the PlayStation 5 isn’t exactly the most backward-compatible console – but maybe things could change over time.

Also read: Sony PS5 New Patent Hints at Backwards Compatibility for Older Consoles

PlayStation 3-era hardware could become useful again, new patent suggests

PlayStation 5 patent

Earlier this year in January, a new patent from Sony was discovered that seems to indicate that the new console is developing some sort of backwards compatibility after the PS4 generation. The patent fixes backwards compatibility through ‘Use of Spoof Clock and Fine Grain Frequency Control’.

The console’s backwards compatibility currently only extends to the PS4 generation and it has been a focal point of criticism for the new console. However, the introduction of Deluxe/Premium Tiers that provide access to PSP/PlayStation One and PS2 titles was a welcome change.

Still, a lot of those games are only available via streaming, which is only available in certain regions of the world. Regions such as India have been given access to the Deluxe tier instead of the Premium tier (including streaming). It’ll be interesting to see what this eventually becomes and what Sony’s big picture with PlayStation 5’s emulation capabilities really is.

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