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Recently, a patent was filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office describing a feature that would secure "backward compatibility through use of spoof clock and fine grain frequency control" on the PlayStation. Given that this is an area of gaming that Microsoft has monopolised with its range of titles on Xbox Game Pass while Sony has continually looked to the future of its exclusives, it's an interesting shift of priorities.
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When we combine this with the knowledge that PlayStation Now cards will be removed from retailers by the end of this month, one could say that Sony's proposals of backwards compatibility will be with us sooner than we would have expected. According to a scoop from Bloomberg, the company will be streamlining the options that PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus offer their users into one singular subscription service. This will be released in the spring of 2022, claimed the report, however it will retain the branding and image of PlayStation Plus rather than PlayStation Now.
Over the weekend, users found that they have been able to search for PlayStation 3 games on the PlayStation 5 store and they show a price attached to the search result. That's odd, because the game should direct the user to the PlayStation Now version of the game as that is the only way to access older titles on the newer hardware.
Uhhh. Not to panic anyone, but a PS3 game shouldn't have a price when viewed on a PS5.— Jordan Middler (@JordanMiddler) January 16, 2022
What's more is that these games are able to be added to the user's wishlist, even though they only appear on the console store and haven't been spotted on the app or browser version of the store. I'd imagine that this is a glitch that's wriggled its way out of a recent update to the store ahead of the actual release of Sony's upcoming PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus wombo combo. Consequently, the only thing to do now is to wait and see what happens next. You're good at that, right?
Featured Image Credit: Yukiko Yamamoto from Meguro, Japan via Wikipedia, Tamara Bitter via Unsplash
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