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News hardware & software 25 January 2022, 20:08

author: Michael Zegar

PS4 Achievements Swapped for PS3 Ones Fuel PS5 Backward Compatibility Hopes

Yesterday, Internet users reported that trophies from the PS4 were swapped for those of the PS3. Many see in this anomaly a confirmation of the theory that the future implementation of backward compatibility in PS5.

IN A NUTSHELL:
  • Yesterday, Twitter has been overflowing with screenshots showing an unusual anomaly in the PlayStation "ecosystem";
  • The trophy list correctly displayed only the titles from PlayStation 5;
  • On the other hand, the PS4 games showed 0% completion, thumbnails were missing, and the place of the logo of the previous-gen hardware was replaced by the PS3 icon;
  • A large part of the community saw this as confirmation of rumors about the plans for the introduction of direct backward compatibility on PS5.

A week ago, some PlayStation 5 owners noticed that games from the PlayStation 3 appeared in the PS Store. While the most likely scenario is that it was simply a glitch, many have taken this to mean the arrival of long-awaited backward compatibility.

Today, VGC reported more such "crop circles". Yesterday, Twitter has been flooded with screenshots showing the unusual anomaly. The trophy list - not only on the console, but also in the mobile app - correctly displayed only the titles from PlayStation 5.

On the other hand, the PS4 games showed 0% completion, thumbnails were missing, and the place of the logo of previous-gen hardware was replaced by an icon of PS3. The situation did not last long and at the time of writing everything is back to normal.

PS4 Achievements Swapped for PS3 Ones Fuel PS5 Backward Compatibility Hopes - picture #1
Source: https://twitter.com/Sirrog85/status/1485797378829422594/photo/1.
PS4 Achievements Swapped for PS3 Ones Fuel PS5 Backward Compatibility Hopes - picture #2
Source: https://twitter.com/NextGenPlayer/status/1485796172144992257/photo/1

You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that a huge part of the community did not perceive this as a simple bug but a confirmation of rumors that Sony is planning to introduce direct backward compatibility with older games on the PS5 (rather than, as before, only through the PlayStation Now streaming service).

It is worth mentioning that two weeks ago Push Square reported about a patent filed by Mark Cerny (PS5's system architect) entitled "backward compatibility through the use of spoof clock and fine-grained frequency control".

Despite the fact that backward compatibility on PS5 remains in the realm of rumors, two - surprisingly similar - anomalies in such short order imply that something could indeed be afoot. Well, chances are we'll find out something at the next PlayStation Showcase - whenever that may be.

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