Sony might be following Nintendo’s footsteps again.
It’s been like that for one and a half decades – the PlayStation Portable (PSP for short) was a response for the Nintendo DS – and the cartridge/cart solution, used by the DS and the 3DS families, ended up being used in the Nintendo Switch, too. Now, Sony could be following Sony’s method.
As with the PlayStation 5‘s devkit look, it was the Dutch Let’s Go Digital once again that found the trademark that Sony registered in Brazil at Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI, effectively the country’s patent office) via Kasznar Leonardos, who happens to be an IP (intellectual property) agent. The PlayStation cartridge’s design is by Yujin Morisawa, the senior art director at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Corporate Design Center, responsible for all products related to the PlayStation brand.
However, Sony has previously officially confirmed that the PlayStation 5 is going to have a Blu-ray drive that will be capable of reading triple-layered discs that could hold up to a hundred gigabytes of data. Sony might have changed plans (which would be somewhat weird a year away from its launch), but the cartridge would have an advantage: it would have effectively no loading and reading time – data would be pulled almost immediately. (This is why the Nintendo 64 was faster in ’96: unlike the PS1 which used CD-ROMs that meant several seconds of loading, the N64 cartridges had more speed but less space.) And after the flop of the PlayStation Vita is unlikely to get a successor (Sony previously said that the tablet and mobile games are a reason), it’s unlikely that Sony will compete against the Nintendo Switch that will run away with sales for a year while the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are in the sunset.
No previous PlayStation console used cartridges (CD, DVD, Blu-ray), so we have yet to see what Sony might do with this patent. Will the PlayStation 5 be a hybrid console?
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