With the Xbox Series X being showcased, there has been a lot of eyes in regards to what Sony has planned for its next-generation of console. Over the last few days, however, I’ve seen a report in regards to the PlayStation 5 that may be a bit too far fetched.
The report basically suggests that the PlayStation 5 will have backwards compatibility all the way to the PlayStation 1. That sounds like a treat, but then the report also stated that this will be done through a “rendering engine” that will allow the older generation games to somehow upscale the graphics. That’s where things started to fall short for me.
What this implies is that Sony have managed to find a way to eliminate development time and instantly create remasters (or something close to it) by just simply running this process through the PlayStation 5. Perhaps Sony did have PlayStation 5 dev kits, where most of our remasters were made using this bewildering software while we thought developers were hard at work bringing our favourite games up to standard. Well, it’s highly unlikely that this happened, just as how it’s unlikely that the PlayStation 5 will ship with this feature. That being said, emulators in the past have been able to set graphic settings to high, but what HipHopGamer seems to be describing is a bit more than that.
In the video, HipHopGamer says that the GPU will have three settings which will allow it to read the discs and tell the console exactly which generation it is from. While I’m not a tech wizard, I do have access to Google. According to How Stuff Works, “The surface of the CD contains one long spiral track of data. … The CD drive shines a laser at the surface of the CD and can detect the reflective areas and the bumps by the amount of laser light they reflect. The drive converts the reflections into 1s and 0s to read digital data from the disc.” By that method of deduction, we can see that the GPU having three different modes will not have any impact on what disc you put into your console, rather the disc reader will do that work for you.
Is HipHopGamer A Reliable Source?
After a lot of digging (and I mean a lot), I have managed to find a few sources who reported on the topic, saying that he is indeed a reputable source. That being said, none of these websites take it a step further as to mentioning what he is reputable for. That being said, I have managed to find many more sources that suggest otherwise.
Without referencing each and every comment, I will give you an example as to where he has been called out. According to Kanye To The, HipHopGamer reportedly had exclusive information in regards to Shenmue 3 that nobody else had. Much like the PlayStation 5 news, HipHopGamer said that Shenmue 3 would have an online mode where you can choose many new characters. This was later proven to be wrong, and after some digging, HipHopGamer has removed the post completely. You can click on the post here. Going into the link, you will simply find a message suggesting that the page cannot be found. Thankfully, Kanye To The has quoted the article for our viewing pleasure above.
It would appear that HipHopGamer doesn’t have an astounding track record, which means we may have to drop our expectations, even though he his adamant about this news. We do hope that what he says turns out to be true. That being said, the information that he has given out seems to get less true as the video goes on. However, we would gladly love to be wrong about this.
What Do We Think?
Well, if we look at one of the more recent patents, we see that Sony has taken an interest in backwards compatibility. We believe they may be looking towards simple emulators, with the graphics set to high for its respective games.
This could mean that Sony will have the emulators available within the PlayStation 5 console, and players can buy the games from the store. It would be more likely that Sony just offers these games as part of its PlayStation Now service. Considering how well both Game Pass and the backwards compatibility feature has done for Xbox, Sony may be looking to add similar features to the PlayStation 5.
We don’t believe that what HipHopGamer is saying could be completely false, but we do believe he could be misinterpreting the information. According to Digital Trends, PlayStation 5 system architect Mark Cerny has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles, as they will have similar architectures. So until Sony confirms that it will go beyond that, I think it’s best that we don’t buy into the rumour just yet.
As a way to get to the bottom of this, we will be reaching out to HipHopGamer to see if he will be willing to share more information.