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PS3 games are reportedly appearing on the PS5 Store

Several PlayStation 3 games were reportedly recently seen on the PS5 store, which has given rise to speculation that PlayStation 5 could get longer backwards compatibility.

VGC reported that the PS3 game Dead or Alive 5 briefly listed a display price of £ 7.99, previously redirecting users to the PlayStation Now version of the game. In addition, other users reported similar new ads for the PS3 versions of Bejewelled, as well as Prince of Persia games, The Forgotten Sands, and The Two Thrones - each with their own individual purchase price. However, none of the games could be purchased at these prices on the PS5.

At the time of writing, IGN could not replicate these results, which could mean that this was a simple bug in the PlayStation 5 store, or that this potentially erroneous early release has now been corrected.

Interestingly, these unintentional lists popped up after the discovery of a patent it was submitted by PS5 system architect Mark Cerny. The patent, entitled "backward compatibility through the use of spoofur and fine-grained frequency control" could suggest that Sony is working to bring further backward compatibility to the PS5. Social media has already begun to speculate that this patent may mean that Sony has solved at least one of the problems of bringing older PS3 titles to the next generation console.

If true, this would give Sony even more of a catalog to play with, following reports that PlayStation is working on creating an Xbox Game Pass competitor. This new service, codenamed "Spartacus", will reportedly allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for accessing a library of games - much like Microsoft's current Xbox Game Pass service.

New Sony PlayStation 5 console covers and DualSense colors

Of course, it will likely include both modern and older games, which may mean that backward compatibility has become more of a priority for Sony in recent months.

The new Sony version of the Game Pass is said to be divided into three levels. The first level includes the same benefits as PlayStation Plus, which is required for online gaming and comes with a range of free games every month. A second level provides access to the game catalog in the same way as Game Pass, while a third level will include extended demos, game streaming, and access to a larger library that includes PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games. However, Sony has not yet confirmed this new service.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.

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