Sony has actually submitted a patent in Japan that allows a console to enable game emulation across PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles.
Found by @Renka_Schedule on Twitter the patent was submitted this year and shows what plainly looks like a PS1, PS2, and PS3 being replicated onto a different screen via cloud gaming, which would probably be PlayStation Now. And, if we look at the translation of the tweet with text from the Japanese Patent it checks out as follows:
“A large number of game titles across PS1/PS2/PS3 and various generations of game consoles can be stored and used via the cloud gaming library.”
“These games can be run on a virtual machine that mimics the operating system associated with each game console.”
You can see the specific patent notes below with images, however if this turns out to be executed into PS Now, then it might be a big boost for the service. We in fact reported on an old Sony slide today, that revealed that Sony was wanting to boost the marketing power and content available on their streaming service.
It is worth keeping in mind that not all patents result in a final product and this might be something that Sony’s R&D department is currently working on and screening just. Either way it looks like Sony is exploring with PlayStation Now to see what it can do to make it more appealing to customers.
The PS5 launches this Holiday.