So PS1, PS2, PS3 and even PSP and Vita games were rumoured to be compatible with the PS5.
That, sadly, has so far turned out to not be the case – but a new patent has given hope to PlayStation fans still hoping for better support for games from legacy consoles.
As reported by MP1st, a patent has been filed for handing out PlayStation Trophies to older games being emulated.
The patent was filed at the end of November and says: “A computer-implemented method assigns one or more trophies to a user. A game is emulated in response to a request from a client device. A trophy trigger is detected during emulation of the game by comparing a memory value of the emulated game to a predetermined value and assigning the one or more trophies to the user based on the detected trophy trigger”.
The patent says this could be used to award Trophies for games that were previously released which have no Trophy support, without modifying the software.
This patent is referring to older games – for instance PSP and PS1 games that currently are on the PlayStation Store.
The most tantalising prospect would be trophy support being added for actual, physical copies of PS1 or PS2 games that were inserted into a PS5.
But it remains to be seen whether Sony would go down this route or not.
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan previously poured cold water on the idea of the PS5 having Backwards Compatibility support for games as far back as the PS1.
“That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?”
Nevertheless, it is curious that the recently discovered patent shows Sony have looked at adding new features to older games.
Companies often patent things that never come to market so this neat little idea may end up being something that never sees the light of day.
If you’d like to see how much of an improvement PS1 games could get when running on a PS5 then check out this video from YouTuber RandomGaminginHD.
The clip is embedded into this article as well, and shows how much of an improvement PS1 games such as Driver can look running on modern hardware and in 4K.
And the results are staggering – with the jagged polygons those early 3D consoles are known for gone in favour of much crisper, clearer graphics.