A new patent filed by Sony suggests that the upcoming PS5 console may use game cartridges.
Dutch website LetsGoDigital spotted the patent after it was published in Brazil by the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) earlier this month. According to TechRadar, a loose translation states that the patent is for “configuration applied to / in data recording and storage device”.
The patent was accompanied by a cartridge design by Yujin Morisawa, the Senior Art Director at the Corporate Design Center of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Although the PS5 has been confirmed to have a built-in solid-state drive (SSD) the patent has led fans to believe that Sony will make its own swappable SSDs to expand the console’s storage capacity.
This is largely due to the size of modern-day games, many of which can reach 50GB and above, with Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption II reaching a whopping 105GB. PS5 games, meanwhile, are expected to be much bigger.
Because of this, the console would likely need additional storage just as many gamers have been doing with the current generation of consoles. So rather than license branding to hard drive manufacturers such as Western Digital and Seagate, Sony may have decided to create their own SSD cartridges.
Other fans suggested that Sony could be planning on ditching disc-based games in favour of old-school cartridges with the PS5. However, Sony’s Mark Cerny had previously confirmed that the upcoming console will feature a 4K Ultra HD Blue-Ray disc drive.
A Portable Console?
Other rumours have suggested that the patent could be part of a brand new handheld console. Sony hasn’t shied away from portable consoles, having previously released its PS Vita in 2011 and the PSP (PlayStation Portable) in 2005.
A new Sony handheld console is even more probable following the release of the Nintendo Switch, both a traditional and portable console, and the Nintendo Switch Lite which is completely portable.
Both consoles have rejuvenated the handheld console market, so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise for Sony PlayStation to launch a portable console.
However, it’s important to remember that not all patents are ever used. In fact, it’s likely that we may never actually see this patent in action or the patent may not be used for several years while Sony continues to develop whatever it is.
Until then, it’s important to focus on what we do know about Sony’s upcoming projects. The PlayStation 5 has been confirmed for a holiday 2020 release date, and the new console will be compatible with 8K television.
What’s more, the console will include improved cloud gaming and a new UI that will provide information such as current missions. The PlayStation console was also confirmed to be backwards compatible, allowing users to play PS4 games, although Sony has yet to reveal whether users will be able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on the system.
The only question remaining is if Sony does release swappable SSD cartridges, how much will they cost? We’ll have to wait until next year when the PS5 is released to find out.
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