PlayStation 5 Could Feature Cartridge Format, PS5 Prototype Photo Leaked

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The new Sony patent is entitled "Electronic game cartridge", and it has little information on the product, although it does include several informative images.

It appears Sony could be ready to move back to cartridges if its latest patent is anything to go by.

"At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware", Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said in an interview earlier this year. But some PS Vita fans may be wondering how likely the Sony patents will eventually turn into an actual product. The connector might get used to communicating with the consoles to play or to install games.

The study predicts that Nintendo will sell 17.3 million Switch consoles, whereas Sony is expected to sell 17.1 million. The filing was made by Sony.

The PlayStation Classic is coming soon worldwide, but this article isn't exactly about its games or its cutesy form factor.

Considering the insane levels of popularity and, crucially, sales the Nintendo Switch has drummed up over the last couple of years, it seems commonsense for Sony to, at the very least, seriously explore the possibility of releasing a new portable PlayStation.

"In games that originally shipped on multiple discs, like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid, when you reach the end of a "disc", press the "Open" button on the PlayStation Classic console to transition to the next virtual disc".

Given Nintendo's success with the Nintendo Switch, it makes sense that Sony will try to find some success on this type of console and may want to update their PS Vita or release a successor.

Sony later posted job listings seemingly related to the PS5, with the company hiring a marketing campaign manager and senior software engineer for the console. It was recently nominated for Best Game and Best Music at the 2018 Emotional Games Awards, and has been exhibited in places like the Smithsonian American Art Museum and PAX West. Moreover, optical drives occupy a noticeable space in the console.

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