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PS5: Sony is reconsidering the question of backward compatibility with this patent

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The PS5 has been around for just over a year. And since its release, there is a question that comes up often, that of backward compatibility. Players who have adopted the new Sony console have indeed long wondered if one day it would be able to run the titles of the old consoles.

Until today, Sony has shown that this was not a priority for him. Certainly, the PS5 is capable of playing a large part of PS4 games. However, this is not the case for PS3 and PS2 titles. But according to information relayed by our colleagues on the site Screen Rant, that could be about to change.


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As they explain, a patent spotted by GameSpot suggests Sony is reconsidering PS5 backwards compatibility.

A patent that speaks volumes

The patent that recently surfaced on the web gives us quite a bit of information about Sony’s future plans for the PS5. According to our source, this patent was filed by the main architect of the PS5, Mark Cerny. And this one would even have already been approved by the competent office of Sony.

This patent mentions a technology that would allow the PS5 to run games from the PS3 and PS2. Using this technology, Sony’s next-gen console would be able to mimic the runtime speed and internal workings of older consoles.

Sony is preparing surprises for us

For some time, it has been rumored that Sony is preparing a surprise for gamers. According to sources, the Japanese giant would like to compete with Microsoft by launching a service similar to Xbox Game Pass. And to believe the rumors, Sony plans to include PS2 titles in the catalog of this service.

For some, this would explain the fact that Sony wanted to file a patent for the backward compatibility of the PS5. Indeed, initially, the sources claimed that these games would only be playable via streaming via PS Now. But it seems that with backwards compatibility, Sony has found a way to run these older titles natively.

The sources claim that this service which will compete with Xbox Game Pass will be released in the spring of 2022. As of now, this has not been confirmed by Sony yet.

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For the first time in eight years, Xbox surpassed PlayStation. In Japan, Xbox Series S outperformed PS5 last week

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For the first time in eight years Xbox surpassed PlayStation

Japan is the birthplace of Sony and the PlayStation, so it is not surprising that in this market, the Sony console often outperforms the Microsoft set-top box in sales. However, the situation changed last week.

For the first time in eight years, Xbox surpassed PlayStation.  In Japan, Xbox Series S outperformed PS5 last week

According to sources, last week the Xbox console was ahead of the PlayStation in sales, and this happened for the first time in eight years.

We are talking about weekly sales, so in a normal situation this information would hardly be interesting, but still such an important achievement for Microsoft is worth attention.

True, the point is not at all in the decline in demand for the PS5 and the growth in demand for the Xbox, but simply in the availability of one or another set-top box. Actually, it is the offer that has been the main factor for the entire year and a half since the launch of the current generation consoles.

So, to the numbers. Last week, only 2693 PS5 consoles were sold in Japan, only 105 Xbox Series X consoles were sold, while the Series S sold 6120 units. That is, it was the younger Microsoft console that bypassed the Sony consoles.

For comparison, in the two weeks from April 25 to May 8, more than 46,000 PS5 consoles were sold. That is, their availability was simply many times higher. And the Xbox Series S sold 10,610 units.

In any case, the undisputed leader remains the Nintendo Switch. Last week, 35,868 Switch OLEDs, 20,443 Switch units and 9011 Switch Lite units were sold.

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Rumors attribute the PlayStation 5 Pro to the ability to deliver 240 fps in games. But without ray tracing and not in 4K

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Rumors about the PlayStation 5 Pro console appeared even before the release of the current version. Given the situation with the PS4, it is reasonable to expect a new model a few years after the start of sales of the regular PS5. And now some details have appeared on the Web.

Rumors attribute the PlayStation 5 Pro to the ability to deliver 240 fps in games.  But without ray tracing and not in 4K

The source says that the new set-top box will have a GPU with a performance of 14-16 TFLOPS. To recap, the current PS5 has 10.28 TFLOPS. One could say that the Xbox Series X already offers 12.1 TFLOPS, but still there is no point in directly comparing it here – you need to pay attention to the increase within the same line.

PS5 Pro is also credited with 18-20 GB of memory versus the current 16 GB. It is possible that the memory will become faster.

But more the source concentrates not on parameters, but on performance targets. Allegedly, the main task of the updated set-top box is to deliver 60 fps in 4K resolution at maximum quality settings for ray tracing effects. At medium settings, performance should rise to 120 fps at 1440-1800p, and without ray tracing, the console will supposedly be able to deliver 240 fps at 1080-1440p. True, why 240 fps for the average gamer is completely unclear.

So far, these data should be considered as rumors, but still the first of the above goals looks more than logical. True, it is not clear whether a 40-60% increase in GPU performance will be enough to achieve it.

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Built-in games, Bluetooth calling, IP68, and SpO2 in $23 watch. Fire-Bolt Ninja 3 introduced

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Built in games Bluetooth calling IP68 and SpO2 in 23 watch

Popular wearable device maker Fire-Boltt has unveiled a new smartwatch called the Fire-Boltt Ninja 3 that comes with some cool features including Bluetooth calling and built-in games.

The Fire-Boltt Ninja 3 smartwatch features a large 1.69-inch 240 x 280 pixel LCD display, as well as a side button for easy user interface navigation. The watch offers many health-related features such as real-time heart rate monitoring and an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels and sleep. The watch supports 60 sports modes, including basketball, football, tennis, running, walking and others.

Built-in games, Bluetooth calling, IP68, and SpO2 in $23 watch.  Fire-Bolt Ninja 3 introduced

The smartwatch has also received built-in games, including the popular 2048 puzzle and Flappy Bird clone, which can be easily played without the need to connect to a smartphone. They also offer several cloud watch faces.

Fire-Boltt claims the Ninja 3 can last up to 7 days on a single charge and is IP68 rated. The smart watch supports call and notification alerts, media playback and camera control.

Built-in games, Bluetooth calling, IP68, and SpO2 in $23 watch.  Fire-Bolt Ninja 3 introduced

The price of the device is only $23.

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