A new patent was filed by Sony earlier this week, suggesting that it is planning to add Backwards Compatibility to PlayStation 5. We now have one more patent that has surfaced revealing another feature that will be added to the system.
This was filed in May by Sony Interactive Entertainment and got approved a few days ago, it suggests that hardware V-Sync will be shipping the next console.
The patent is titled as, “Video Frame Rate Compensation Through Adjustment of Vertical Blanking” is extensive, but should help in running games better.
V-Sync is a hardware feature that helps in combating and getting rid of screen tearing. Basically, it helps to make games look more smooth. It’s an old feature for PC gamers but for consoles, it’s new. Few consoles have had this feature in the past but it has been pushed to the software side than the hardware, which obviously isn’t the same.
The reason why V-Sync hasn’t been embraced by consoles is probably that they aren’t exactly powerhouses in the GPU dept. while V-Sync taxes out a system’s GPU completely. Now, how Sony is bypassing this requirement is still unknown.
The patent also mentions “vertical blanking”, which is basically filling in missing frames whenever the game drops them, sort of like the Safety net.
However, one should also note that just because something is patented doesn’t mean that it will release. PlayStation 5 doesn’t have an official release date yet. Stay tuned for more.