Dutch tech website, LetsGoDigital , has managed to get hold of yet another patent that could shed some light on Sony's plans for the next generation of console hardware.
The site reckons it has managed to source files referencing a "Sony PlayStation cartridge" – and if it's legit, the new storage patent has interesting implications for the PS5.
We've already speculated that this could be a potential Sony take on a handheld machine – some sort of PlayStation Switch rival – but there are other possibilities, too.
"At the end of June 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment filed a patent with the INPI (Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial) in Brazil," LetsGoDigital explains.
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"The design patent entitled "Configuration applied to / in data recording and storage equipment" was published on November 5, 2019. Remarkably, the Developers Kit of the Sony PlayStation 5 was patented by the same body."
We already know that Sony has stated the patents for the PS5 dev kit were more or less legit, so it's likely these carts are too.
LetsGoDigital suggests that users will be able to suggests that PS5 users will be able to use these retro-styled cartridges to upgrade the system storage of their next-gen console.
As file sizes get bigger and bigger, players often find themselves having to download and redownload games – not easy if you live in a region with data caps.
Vanilla PS4 units now struggle to hold many games – the once-impressive 500GB units quickly find themselves full up. When games like Destiny 2 or Call of Duty Modern Warfare weigh in at 100GB a piece, that doesn't get you very far.
So this new hardware, will open up a whole new market for Sony. You'll effectively be able to buy these solid state drives (SSDs) to increase the amount of space available for games on your console – increasing space in a modular sense as more games get added to your library.
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This is even referenced in the patent filing itself. Translated from Portuguese, the patent notes: "Configuration applied to / in data recording and storage equipment".
Could we see a next-gen setup where the PlayStation 5 is sold with quite a small amount of internal memory, and Sony shifts the price of entry onto phyiscal copies of games by loading them onto SSDs (that, maybe, can be overwritten in the future)?
It's certainly a possibility, and we're interested to see how this one plays out.
We'll keep you update as more information presents itself.
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