Sony’s new patent hints that PS5 may support PS3 generation peripheral compatibility

A new patent suggests that Sony may be trying to make older hardware, such as peripherals or handhelds, compatible with modern PS consoles. The patent appears to cover old Sony hardware, such as old media remotes, DualShock controllers, and possibly even a PSP Go handheld, used on the PS5 through emulation.

The patent screenshots depict an older DualShock, a Sony media remote, a PS mouse, an EyeToy, a PS Move controller, and a memory card. Sony has long since abandoned most of its technology, the closest to modern times being the PS Move controller, which is still used to control the first generation of PS VR.

What makes the patent even more interesting is that the peripherals appear to be largely from the PS3 era, which may suggest this is part of a recently reported Sony emulation of the system’s engineering. PS3 games were recently introduced as a new feature for new PS Plus subscription members, but only for cloud play.

While it’s conceivable that Sony is exploring how to make this old technology work through simulation, devices other than the PS Move are no longer officially available for purchase.

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