A recent PlayStation Network bug briefly displayed all PlayStation 4 trophies as if they came from PlayStation 3 games, sparking further rumors of unannounced backwards compatibility plans.
As discovered by VGC, a recent issue on PSN caused trophy lists to display incorrect dates for PlayStation 4 trophies on both console and the mobile app. Instead of showing trophies by default, many players reported that their PS4 titles were showing as PlayStation 3 games instead.
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While the issue was quickly fixed and trophies should now display correctly across the network, some fans have asked if the accidental bug could provide further evidence of a future where Sony releases its PlayStation 3 games catalog via some sort of backwards compatibility scheme.
This isn’t the first time PlayStation bugs have prompted rumors like this. Several PlayStation 3 games were said to have been spotted by fans in the PlayStation 5 store last week. Reports included games like Dead or Alive 5, which was listed in the UK at an asking price of £7.99, as well as the PS3 versions of Bejeweled, The Forgotten Sands, The Two Thrones and the Prince of Persia games.
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Although Sony hasn’t announced that it will release its PlayStation 3 catalog via backwards compatibility or any other service, there have certainly been plenty of rumors surrounding the topic. Back in 2020, IGN reported that a Sony patent had surfaced suggesting PS1, PS2 and PS3 games could be emulated over the cloud, while more recent reports suggest the studio may be working on a service of its own to compete against Xbox Game Pass.
As Bloomberg reports, sources familiar with Sony’s plans have allegedly shared details with the outlet of a new service, codenamed “Spartacus,” which will allow PlayStation owners to pay monthly for access to a catalog of modern and classic games .
According to the report, documents related to the project revealed three tiers for the upcoming service, the highest of which includes expanded demos, game streaming and access to a larger library spanning PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games.
While these rumors are all to be taken with a pinch of salt, it’s no wonder Sony fans are wondering if the prospect of an expanded collection of PlayStation titles could be on the horizon.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently responded to rumors of a “PlayStation Game Pass,” saying he sees competition as “inevitable” and “the right answer.”
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. you can follow him Twitter.