The PS5 could be backwards compatible, according to a Sony Patent - Dexerto

The PS5 could be backwards compatible, according to a Sony Patent

Published: 3/Feb/2019 0:48 Updated: 3/Feb/2019 1:05

by Virginia Glaze


The upcoming PlayStation 5 could be backwards compatible, as suggested by a patent filed by Sony.

The patent, listed under publication number 2019-503013, was filed nearly two years ago on January 20, and was finally published on January 31, 2019.


The patent itself describes a new method of operating software from older systems onto a newer device.

CatawikiThe next iteration of the PlayStation console could be able to emulate the entire library in the systems’ history.

In essence, this new technology tricks older software by mimicking older platforms, allowing the legacy titles to be played on a new system – despite their architecture not matching up with that of next-gen consoles.


More specifically, the new method “spoofs” versions of processor IDs from older systems, as detailed by a diagram provided by the patent.

SonyA proposed flowchart for the patented system could hint at a major backwards compatibility win for fans of retro gaming.

Investors listed on the patent include such names as PlayStation 4 designer Mark Cerny and principal programmer Simon Pilgrim of Sony Entertainment Europe, among others.

While no particular hardware was listed on the patent, fans have speculated that it could mark a major step for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, with some outlets even guessing that the PS5 will be able to emulate each of its previous iterations.


SonyThe PlayStation 5 is projected to release in 2021, according to statements made by Sony Interactive CEO John Kodera.

The patent could likewise hint at a solution to the PS4’s notorious difficulty with emulating PS3 titles, due to the system’s Cell Processor. 

As nothing has been directly confirmed by Sony, theories remain up in the air – but many fans are excited about the possibility of having a single system on which to play their childhood gaming library.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal


The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.


As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.


Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.