A bug on PlayStation Network briefly displayed all PlayStation 4 trophies as if they came from PlayStation 3 gamesprompting new rumors about Sony’s unannounced backwards compatibility plans.
As detected VGCan issue on PlayStation Network has caused trophy lists on both the console and mobile app to display incorrect data for PS4 trophies. Instead of displaying trophies as usual, many gamers reported their PS4 titles appearing as PS3 games.
—Hunter? (@NextGenPlayer) January 25, 2022
Although the problem was quickly resolved and trophies on the network should now display without errors, some users have wondered if the accidental glitch could be further proof of a future where Sony releases its PS3 game catalog via some sort of backwards compatibility system.
It is not the first time that PlayStation failures have given rise to this type of rumor. Last week, several PlayStation 3 games were said to have been spotted on the PS5 store. These included games like Dead or Alive 5, listed for £7.99 in the UK, as well as PS3 versions of Bejeweled and games in the Prince of Persia series.
Is it happening?! pic.twitter.com/upzaZ94cSQ
— Ryan Gorris (@Sirrog85) January 25, 2022
Although Sony has not stated that it has plans to release its PS3 catalog through backward compatibility or any other service, the truth is that there have been many rumors on the subject. In 2020, IGN reported that a Sony patent had surfaced suggesting that PS1, PS2, and PS3 games could be emulated via the cloud, while more recent reports have conveyed that the studio may be working on its own service for compete with Xbox Game Pass.
According to Bloomberg, sources familiar with Sony’s plans would have shared with the media details of a new service with the code name “Spartacus” in which lPlayStation owners will be able to pay monthly for access to a catalog of modern and classic games. Documents from the purported project reveal three tiers for the upcoming service, the highest of which includes expanded demos, game streaming, and access to a larger library that includes PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.
While all of these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s no wonder gamers are beginning to wonder whether the prospect of an expanded collection of PlayStation titles could be on the horizon.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently responded to rumors of a ‘PlayStation Game Pass’, saying he sees competitors as “something unavoidable” Y “the right answer“.
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