The discovery of a new game cartridge patent has added fuel to the rumors that Sony may well be considering a new PlayStation Portable console to rival the Nintendo Switch.
Rumors of a potential new PSP began appearing earlier this year after comments made by Sony during an annual financial report. The report included a statement in which Sony explained its reasoning behind staying on the smartphone market, with a focus on 5G technology (with which all portable devices can be connected to the cloud) standing out as its main focus. The statement said that Sony is "aiming to develop 5G technology as a competence that can be used across the Sony Group".
Sony's new cartridge patent
With 5G intended to be used across the Sony Group, eyes naturally fell on Sony's portable gaming efforts. If and PSP featured 5G technology, Sony theoretically would not have to worry about internal power and processing, and could instead stream top-tier PS4 games such as God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 on the portable device.
So, about this new patent. As originally discovered by TechTastic, the new type of cartridge is similar to PS Vita cartridges of days gone by and could therefore seem to be used in a theoretical new Sony handheld. Exciting, right? Not quite.
Our pals at Push Square have done some digging and discovered that it was actually used in Sony Toio – a children's toy which was released back in 2017 – that's a photo of it up there.
While it's true that the Switch has been something of a game changer and may well have convinced some within Sony that handhelds are not a dead end after all, it's unlikely that this particular patent holds the key to a new PlayStation Portable.
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