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Submitted by get2sammyb 545d ago | opinion piece

What if the PlayStation 4 Is Not Backward Compatible?

Push Square: "It’s ironic that Sony has had such a tumultuous time with backward compatibility of late. In the transition from the PSone to the PlayStation 2, the platform holder essentially set the expectation for the feature moving forwards – but it hasn’t always managed to uphold that standard in recent years. Initial models of the PlayStation 3 included support for previous generation titles, before the technology was whipped out in order to cut costs. With the PlayStation 4 looming, what happens if the company’s latest machine isn’t compatible with its current library?" (Next-Gen, PS2, PS3, Retro, Sony)

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Ezz2013  +   545d ago | Well said
i don't care about that
i have my ps3 to play ps3 games

so that won't stop me from buying ps4 the day it launch
Nitrowolf2  +   545d ago | Well said
I think what people really want more now though is for their digital library to transfer over. Chances are they will, but if they don't I think we'll have some angry people
iamnsuperman  +   545d ago
I think they will allow that but I mainly think backward compatibility will be done via Gaikai. Sony knows what games you have downloaded and to an extent the ones you have paid for in retail shops if they came with an online pass thing so a large majority of games could be readily available through Gaikai as Sony will definitly know you already have them. Now the remainder of the PS3 library could be sold to you through a standard subscription service or be only to those who have PSN Plus

The only method this would affect is the ones who didn't connect their PS3/have poor signal which I assume is a relatively small amount
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jujubee88  +   545d ago
It would be nice.
Not a deal breaker if there is none.

If the price is around $350, than I will still buy a PS4 (regardless).
decrypt  +   545d ago
@Ezz2013

So do you also have your PS2 plugged in to play PS2 games?

Will you be having PS2, PS3 & PS4 all plugged in at the same time on the same time just so you can retain BC?

Also what happens when any of them breaks down, you going to constantly be buying old Boxes? Hell the PS2 isnt even in production any more. You gonna pick up any old PS2 laying around, good luck with how long that will last.

BC is a joke on consoles, if BC is what people want then the PC is the ultimate answer.
Ezz2013  +   545d ago
@decrypt

yes i still have my ps2
i even still have ps1

and still play them
Arksine  +   545d ago
Some PSN games might be ported over, but I am almost sure that there will be no backward compatibility unless the PS3 hardware is included in the new console. Emulation isn't possible.

The options are either another $599 console or no backward compatibility. Sony is going to go with option number 2, and so will Microsoft.
gaffyh  +   545d ago
I'm not too bothered as long as they don't release any major exclusives on the PS3 when the PS4 is already out.
insomnium2  +   545d ago
@decrypt

You don't have older devices plugged in? What are you? Maniac? I have like EVRY single console plugged in at all times. Even my Atari Jaguar in case I want to have some AvP awesomeness.
zebramocha  +   545d ago
@decrypt you wouldn't have your ps2 plug up but the wires are compatible so it's not that big of a deal.
MikeMyers  +   545d ago
Are people this flexible when it comes to playing CD's and DVD's and bluray's or do they have a separate device for each of those as well?

If they allow my content I bought off the Playstation store to be carried over then that will be fine. I also think the acquisition of Gaikai will play a key role in the future.
Sarcasm  +   545d ago
It's not going to be Backwards compatible of the hardware rumors end up being true.
DOMination-  +   545d ago
Umm.. Digital content will definitely carry over providing you use the same account of course. Sony wouldn't be that stupid.. Not sure why anybody would think it wouldn't!

But they'd probably have to be streamed.. Even psn arcade games? As they are still designed for the cell. It'll suck if you have a large collection of discs though as you'll probably have to buy again... Interesting idea re: online passes though.. That could work.
Heartnet  +   545d ago
@decrypt
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Also what happens when any of them breaks down, you going to constantly be buying old Boxes?"

What happens when your one machine that plays all break? ur having to shell out 5 times the price to get it again... also have 3 seperate things is more assurance as if 1 breaks you can still play ps2/ps1/ps3 games so...
TheOneEyedHound  +   545d ago
You are 100% right, I would also like my psn and trophys to transfer to the PS4.
sikbeta  +   545d ago
It's not going to have PS3-BC and you gotta deal with it, so I hope it's more affordable than XBX3 whick I'm sure it's going to have X360-BC :P
GribbleGrunger  +   545d ago
What if the Nextbox isn't backward compatible?
Axecution  +   545d ago
Havent even thought about PSN games not being backwards compatible.

Honestly i wouldn't buy a PS4 if the downloaded games weren't backward compatible. i have soooo many downloadable games. That would legit just be a big "f u" from sony in my opinion. I'd switch to PC, that would just be actually ridiculous
TheGamerDood  +   545d ago
It's not really going to affect me since I'll still have my PS3 for those few games that I still play, but I wasn't really fan of many of the games from this gen so I'm ready to move on to bigger and better.
sobekflakmonkey  +   544d ago
I'm concerned that a lot of you don't know how BC works...you have to think a lot of these games were designed for the cell, even the downloaded games on psn as of now, it's not up to sony to make those games work on next gen systems, its really up to the developers, quite frankly I don't care, but I would assume that your PSN account would carry over to the PS4, because its a PSN account, it would be cool if it showed you which systems you own (PS3, PSVita, PS4) and tracked your trophies through all systems.
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ElectricKaibutsu  +   544d ago
If discs aren't BC then neither will your digital games be. The problem isn't the drive, it's the PS4's archetecture. I predict nothing will be BC and that makes me very sad. I'll still buy a PS4 either way but I want BC. Honestly I'm surprised how many people don't care.
t0mmyb0y  +   544d ago
Although slooooow, the Wii U did it good. I don't see why Sony wouldn't do the same.
1nsomniac  +   544d ago
lol if its not backwards compatible it doesnt matter whether it's digital or retail disks its not going to play them either way. Thats what backwards compatible means.

The way the Cell architecture works, I highly doubt it will be backwards compatible. Then again the fact that it's rumoured that the PS4 will use several separate dual core chips in the it may be possible to replicate. Supposed it'll be down to whether it will be cost effective to do so.
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Tvensky  +   544d ago
Im sure if you read sony's licence and agreements, you would know alot about now and the future! There might.. and must be hints about this..
The_Con-Sept  +   542d ago
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It won't affect me this time. Although I didn't make the mistake of selling my ps2 to get a ps3 I still see backwards compatibility to be too costly. I'd rather keep my ps3 now because I have a lot more than just games invested in it. It also holds my music and movies. I don't want to copy them to yet another system. That'd be another 17 hours of downtime.
spacedelete  +   545d ago
If you don't care about backwards compatibility then why comment on a backwards compatibility article ? Are you that brain dead ?

If PS3 is only for PS3 games then explain why theres a PS1 and PS2 download section in the PS Store or the countless HD collections from the PS2.

Theres obviously a market for classic games so just because you want new, shiney and shallow games doesn't mean everyone does.
InMyOpinion  +   545d ago
"If PS3 is only for PS3 games then explain why theres a PS1 and PS2 download section in the PS Store or the countless HD collections from the PS2."

To make money. It is more profitable for Sony to re-release their games than to add BC.
Red_Orange_Juice  +   545d ago
so you're allowed to comment if you want something, if I think there's no need for something I'll come and comment
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Heartnet  +   545d ago
Cause simply put... we asked for it lol.

and you comment to bring ur side of the arguement
sobekflakmonkey  +   544d ago
The comments section of this website is for discussion, meaning he can come in here and say whatever he wants as long as its pertaining to the topic at hand, he's letting people know his stance on it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
BlueTemplar  +   544d ago
The article is "What if the ps4 isnt backwards compatible?"

People who dont care are just as entitled to their view as you are to yours.
fullmetal297  +   544d ago
Because PS1 games are not hard to emulate because the hardware is very old and the PS2 games are ported to the PS3.
LordHiggens  +   545d ago
Speak for yourself I want to trade mine in to pay for this beast...
Scenarist  +   545d ago
thats that shit companies dont like
NeXXXuS  +   545d ago
The PS4 is going to be incorporating Blu-Ray as well so there's no doubt that it will be backwards compatible with PS3 games.

@below - then can you explain to me why my PS3 can play PS1 games and not PS2 games?
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TheBrit  +   545d ago
Just because it has blu-ray doesn't have any bearing on backwards compatibility what so ever.

It's the cpu and graphics chips inside of the machine that dictate how they are coded. If you have an intel chip in one machine and an ibm power4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or cell etc in another, they are two different beasts all together and cannot run software compiled on the other chip set without either an emulator built in or extra hardware - both of which come at an additional cost.
dktxx2  +   545d ago
Are people seriously disagreeing with theBrit? Really?
Ju  +   545d ago
I'd think a PPC ISA can be emulated fairly quickly on modern day x86 CPUs; those emulations usually run JIT (just in time) compilers and translate the opcode when the binary is loaded, not when code is actually executed (well, kid of - but basically code isn't interpreted any more. This gives you quite some performance head room). A problem is hard realtime and latency in a highly parallel environment; in case of the PS3 if you depenend on timing if for example all 6 SPUs + PPU run highly efficient. This will be tough to emulate. I can't see how a JIT could help here - you'd need a highly parallel machine which can execute (at least) 6 or 7 HW threads in real time. I doubt this is possible with even todays multicores. But, the CPU could incorporate SPUs even if its an x86 core (see toshiba's SPURs engine - this in combination with a JIT might work) and there was talk about a "3rd execution unit" in the PS4. Might as well be a SPU "cluster" of some sort and would classify as "compute engine". I don't think the GPU is too much of a problem. Shader code can be translated, and nobody hits the HW directly these days. As long there is a SW layer in the PS3, this can be made compatible with next gen machines.

If it's financially viable, I can imagine, they'll but some SPU metal on the chip; but beyond that I am sure there will not be any additional HW to emulate the PS3. SPUs might makes sence because they can indeed run physics completely in parallel to CPU and GPU and would not only allow BC but also improve performance on new titles (and secure some investment from the CELL). But beyond that, I can't imagine there will be anything done. This is pure imagination though. If the SPUs can't be made "tiny" and cost efficient this won't happen.

BTW: Pure PS2 emu on the PS3 is also possible as seen with the release of PS2 classics on the PSN.

Well, while it would be nice to run PS3 games, I personally don't really care. I got my PS3 for that. It'll be cheap when the PS4 releases. And I rather want a new machine stretching the boundaries than being held back because of compatibility reasons. It's a console after all, not a PC. Compatibility was never the primary focus with such a machine.
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hellvaguy  +   545d ago
Disagreed with Brit because backward compatibility has little to do with Blu-ray and everything to do with what type of cpu is used. If they go away from the cell like a lot of speculation, its almost guaranteed there's no BC.
Deadpool616  +   544d ago
@Ju
Your real name wouldn't happen to be Tony Stark, would it? You seem to have some impressive knowledge in tech.
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   545d ago
It won't stop me but I will be disappointed. But then again it's Sony, so I expect disappointment anyways.
jessupj  +   545d ago
Then you must expect utter betrayal from ms, if you expect disappointment from sony.
Firebird360  +   545d ago
@jessupj
Microsoft never dropped backwards compatibility so why would we be utterly disappointed by them keeping a feature?
a_squirrel  +   545d ago
@above
And yet they charged for online access. You can ignore the RROD, disk scratching and other issues. There's also ads flooding the home screen.

And you seem to have forgotten that Sony only dropped it after at least a year. And that it had bluray, which at the time, was in the thousands. The only issue I have with my ps3 is updates and install times.
sobekflakmonkey  +   544d ago
Xbox 360 didn't really have Backwards compatibility for ages....and it still doesnt really have it...
Persistantthug  +   545d ago
Like Nitrowolf2 aluded to....it's not so much the disks that's the most important here
But rather, the downloaded games that people bought out of Sony's store.

Sony has to figure out a way to make those games work with the PS4.
I for one will be very angry if JOURNEY doesn't work with my PS4.

Of course, I think this may be part of the reason that Sony bought GAIKAI.

We'll have to wait to see.
StraightPath  +   545d ago
You dont care but people do. You not going to have all your consoles hooked up stop rubbing sonys ass. How would u feel if they charged u again for ps3 games dubbed classics...like ps2 remakes..sony removed ps2.bc to charge ps2 games again. It always nice to have the option.

Xbox 360 has backwards compatibility on all major xbox games. When 360 came out people were still playing halo 2 mostly on their new 360s.
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Firebird360  +   545d ago
Well said
a_squirrel  +   545d ago
I'd like it if the PS4 costed $50 more for b/c instead of playing $60/year for online access to ALL my games, ps3 or ps4.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   544d ago
@a_squirrell

For real. I never thought of that before. Even if they do gaikai for BC they'll be charging for it.
fermcr  +   545d ago
PlayStation 4 is not going to be Backward Compatible. Sony is going to port PS3 games to PS4 and resell the same games (with a few extras) to the same people that bought the PS3 version of the game. It happened with PS2 games on the PS3 and is going to happen with PS3 games on the PS4.
Persistantthug  +   545d ago
@fermcr....You can't say that for a fact with absolute certainty because
all PS3s have backwards compatibility with PS1 disks.....yet, they still sell PS1 games in the store. Sony could have removed PS1 B/C long ago, but they didn't.
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vlonjati77  +   545d ago
Ezz2013- Did you read my mind? :) .on the ps2 backward case I had the ps3 that played ps2 games.I cant stand the cables.So in this case I have ps3 for ps3 games and ps4 for ps4 games.I might be sick but like order.even now I built my game/movie room with surround system and lot of other cables and nothing is showing :) I hid everything.Nothing can beat the article that said 'Sony is pumping too many exclusives,they should slow down or they will hurt themselves' hahahah.
Abdou23  +   545d ago
I don't see it as a problem, i won't throw away my PS3 once i get PS4 you know.
showtimefolks  +   545d ago
I think ps4 will be BC with ps3 games and not ps2 or ps1.

And I am fine with that. A lot of the great PS2 games have gotten HD collections or HD remakes and others are on DN under playstation classic

BC is not as big of a issue as some people make it out to be, we don't expect nintendo to be BC for N64 games now do we?

I would love to find out the percentage of people who actually play PS1 games on original PS3 which had BC.

Just make sure ps4 can play ps3 games and I am fine with that much BC, I personally don't need ps4 to be BC with ps1-2
Shotcalm  +   545d ago
agreed
aquamala  +   544d ago
this is what I don't like about console gaming. if I upgrade my PC, not only can it still play all my old games, they play and look BETTER! because the new rig is more powerful.

console gaming on the other hand, people are HOPING there's backward compatibility, even if PS4 can play PS3 games, they are still going to look like PS3 games, want to see The Last of Us in 1080P? buy it again next gen!
BlmThug  +   544d ago
While it certainly won't stop me purchasing a PS4 day one, it'll be a nice bonus to have BC for PS1-3
Aceman18  +   544d ago
won't bother me none the playstation line has the variety i look for in games, and that's all that usually matters to me so i'll still be buying PS4/Orbis even if there's no B/C
majiebeast  +   545d ago
It would be a welcome addition but it would not make me not buy a ps4 because i keep all my old consoles.
LOGICWINS  +   545d ago
"What if the PlayStation 4 Is Not Backward Compatible?"

Then the PS4 will sell less initially and people will wait to buy it later. Many people who buy new consoles at launch have the ability to do so because they have credit/money from trading in their old consoles.
NastyLeftHook0  +   545d ago
People don't by ps4's to play ps3 games.
LOGICWINS  +   545d ago
I will be. PS3 games will still be on the market for at least half a decade.
MmaFan-Qc  +   545d ago
What if the PlayStation 4 Is Not Backward Compatible?

im gonna play ps3 games on my ps3.

its THAT simple.
starchild  +   545d ago
It's actually a big feature for me. I don't want to keep all my old consoles hooked up to my tv, it's too cluttered.

I loved the fact that the PS2 was backwards compatible and I also really appreciate that my 80GB PS3 is backwards compatible with PS1 and PS2 games.

This is a super important feature to me. I hope Sony can find a way to make the PS4 backwards compatible with PS1, PS2 and PS3 games. Or at the very least, PS3 games.
Red_Orange_Juice  +   545d ago
I still have plenty of games to play, and I DO NOT want multiple gaming devices under my tv
Ju  +   545d ago
Agree. At some point you gotta move on. Get a PS3 (if you don't have one) to play those games. It's not becoming obsolete because the PS4 releases. I think it'll have quite some time ahead. Sometimes you can't have everything.
JoGam  +   545d ago
Dude im sorry but no one I mean NO One will even care except for some hardcore Gamers day one. No one is going to not buy cause its not backwards compatible. No one cared during Xbox 360 and that was the first system to launch this gen.
LOGICWINS  +   545d ago
Never said that people we're not going to buy it because it doesn't have BC, but they just may not buy it INITIALLY.
Canary  +   545d ago
That's because the original Xbox had a pitiful library.

http://red-shoulders.blogsp...

Educate yourself on why BC is important before shooting your mouth off next time.
phantomexe  +   545d ago
Alot of people will be turned off to it if it's not. Its alot bigger then some of you guys think
hellvaguy  +   545d ago
"No one is going to not buy cause its not backwards compatible. No one cared during Xbox 360"

The 360 was BC for about 95% of the games.
BlueTemplar  +   544d ago
@Helluvaguy

It was more like 10% at launch, and even now its nowhere near as high as 95% - 50-60% tops.
Ezz2013  +   545d ago
@LOGIC

you need to keep in mind that while ps4 on the market
ps3 will still get support from 1st/2nd/3rd party dev for atleast 3-4 years
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LOGICWINS  +   545d ago
Yeah, but I don't want the clutter of two consoles in my room. I'd rather have one that plays both PS3 and PS4 games.
phantomexe  +   545d ago
@ LOGIC I second that
MysticStrummer  +   545d ago
Thank you, Sweeping Statement Man.

I bought a PS2 and never played my PS1 games again, then I bought a PS3 and never played my PS2 games again. Both were backwards compatible and I still had my old console in both cases, yet I never looked back. PS4 will be no different for me. Looking back on older games in your memory is almost always better than replaying them and realizing they don't look or control as great as you remember. Gaming evolves. Move on.
cpayne93  +   544d ago
If you actually take the time to look back you might find that the actual gameplay of the last couple gens has something this gen doesn't. Despite the graphics I usually prefer older games to newer ones, I still play a lot of games on emulators, and there are plenty of old classics I'm aiming to play.

What you said is like saying you shouldn't watch old movies because the special effects aren't as good. You'd be missing some real classics.
Septic  +   545d ago
There are a multitude of games this generation to play and now, even more consoles to play games on. You guys are honestly telling me that you're content with having a 360, PS3, Wii, PS4, Xbox 720 and Wii U stacked up next to your tv?

Fair enough you might not own all of them but of the 720 and PS4 don't have backwards compatibility, I'll be annoyed. What about room for all the games we've had in this incredibly long generation plus those extra we'll buy for the next gen?

You guys are quick to pounce on Logic but the bloke makes sense. Backwards compatibility is an excellent incentive to buy a next gen console because you're essentially getting two consoles in one.

Also, don't forget the possibility of current gen games running better on next gen consoles.
vlonjati77  +   545d ago
You right man,I had thought same till 5 months ago,cause I built custom gaming/movi room for my self.so i can hook up as many consoles as I want.this is my case though.who has space a little bit of money and knolegde can build it its awesome and comfortable.
NastyLeftHook0  +   545d ago
@logic, Then people will have a choice to make...

Sell there ps3 and know the consequences of doing so (losing ps3 games)

or...

Keeping there ps3 and being able to play there precious ps3 games also.
wishingW3L  +   545d ago
I hope it comes with BC so I can just sell my PS3 for money toward the PS4.
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jay2  +   545d ago
It won't be, why else do Sony have Gaigay or however its spelt? to bring full BC without an extra £200 prince tag.
Qrphe  +   545d ago
I won't care.
THC CELL  +   545d ago
Gunna keep my ps3 n games
SkullBlade169  +   545d ago
If it doesn't support BC, then I guess we won't be playing PS3 games on it will we....
estillz96  +   545d ago
If the ps4 isn't backwards compatible, I'll use this thing called a ps3.
Belking  +   545d ago
Fanboys will lose their mind because it will be "xbox720 does and ps4 doesn't" and the console wars will continue.
MysticStrummer  +   545d ago
720 fanboys will lose their minds if PS4 isn't BC, and the reverse is also true. If neither are BC, or both are, relatively few people will care. Either way the console wars will rage on. The pixel counters will go blind.
KShinigami  +   545d ago
MS hasn't got a lot to lose if it implements BC in the next xbox but sony has because they have invested so much in the PS3 recently. BC will kill the PS3 and sony as a company wouldn't want that. Would you if you were in their position?
ALLWRONG  +   544d ago
Sony are the only ones that don't do BC. Besides MS already said 360 accounts will continue to be supported for games, achievements or dlc beyond 360. Sony likes to re-sell people games they already own
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   545d ago
I kept my PS2 for a reason keeping my PS3 as well.
sdozzo  +   545d ago
What if we stopped posting what if articles...
Septic  +   545d ago
Then N4G will be taken over by tumbleweed.com
vlonjati77  +   545d ago
sdozzo-I can only give you an agree :)they wont stop unfortunately.Internet remember?
sdozzo  +   539d ago
Ah yes. I agree.
Summons75  +   545d ago
Then they better have the best launch line up ever because I would hold off on buying it at first. Next gen for ps360 is gonna really depend on backwards comparablility, not just physical software but all the digital too. Nintendo has it right with having all the wii physical and digital content backwards compatible. With the huge push that they did with digital content and the arcade libraries they better promise it all bc day one or people both dedicated and the casuals they made a hue push to obtain will not be happy.
the worst  +   545d ago
i dont care
day one
this will be the first console
ill preorder
Nelson M  +   545d ago
Who Care's
Its a Playstation
Conzul  +   545d ago
I want hardware BC so I can have a unified gaming experience. I'm too lazy to deal with multiple consoles on my entertainment centre. I want everything in one place, and I'll pay anything to get it.

Anyone got a light?
Godmars290  +   545d ago
BC with PS3 and all titles currently on PSN is all that's needed.

Though PS1 compatibility, since its software emulation, should be an easy throw-in but likely just as forgettable.
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   545d ago
What if hypothetical questions didn't exist?
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   545d ago
To the disagreers, did I blow your mind?
Septic  +   545d ago
Mind. Blown.

But wait.....I didn't disagree.....

Body. Splodes
wishingW3L  +   545d ago
I just want PS2 BC. ;___;
feels  +   545d ago
Then the PlayStation 4 would not be backwards compatible.
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Riderz1337  +   545d ago
Backwards compatibility is overrated. If you want to play PS3 games get a PS3, if you want to play PS2 games get a PS2 etc...
DigitalRaptor  +   545d ago
Exactly. It's convenience more than anything.

I still have all my old consoles including Dreamcast, MegaDrive and PS2. Never had to sell any of them to free up space or raise money for a new console, because the games and the consoles that housed them are sentimental to me. I won't ever sell them, and enjoy booting them up once in a while to bring back the memories.

I've done just fine without PS2 backwards compatibility with my PS3. I don't expect that to change for PS4.
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DivineAssault  +   545d ago
i wouldnt care.. Im sure they can be streamed to it
Ju  +   545d ago
Yes. Streamed! Because.... it's magic :)
Conzul  +   545d ago
Get ready to pay for a fiber-optic connection then, because anything less and you'll st-st-st-stu-stu-stutter.
stubbed_out  +   545d ago
Conspiracy - Cut costs my arse, funny how all those old games you used to own are back in the store...to be bought again!

Fact - PS4 will not be backwards compatible, you'll simply have to download them, they're already introducing big titles online so we know it works already.
Hicken  +   545d ago
Well, now, let's count.

Disgaea
Disgaea 2
Persona 3 FES
GrimGrimoire
Odin Sphere

Five out of about 60 PS2 games. And I own only about 60 out of... thousands? Yeah, on the store, there are 48 PS2 games out of something like 2000.

And 164 out of a thousand or so PS1 games.

I guess if you add in the HD collects, you might get to about 60 games total that you can rebuy for your PS3. Yeah, that's REALLY putting a dent in that PS2 library...
stubbed_out  +   543d ago
Agreed, didn't literally mean every single game. I'd assume they bring out the most popular games first, over time perhaps they will have thousands of games.

From a money-making perspective can you see why they wouldn't include backwards compatibility?
creeping judas  +   545d ago
I really don't care, I plan on trading in one of my two PS3's in, and hopefully pay a little less for the new PS4. That way I still have the older PS3 to play my current retinue of games if I chose to.
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kmac2233  +   545d ago
why oh why would they not include backwards compatibility. Every gen there are a handful of games that I will never get rid of and I hate not having back compatibility. I don't want to have a bunch of dead consoles hanging around.
BrianC6234  +   545d ago
Early on it was easy to include it. The Playstation wasn't that powerful of a console. The PS2 had a small chip in it that made the games run. The PS2 wasn't hard either but the chip was more expensive. Can you imagine what it would cost to make PS3 games run on the PS4? Supposedly the PS4 won't use the Cell processor. Does that mean the PS4 would need it included to run PS3 games?
get2sammyb  +   545d ago
Yeah there are a lot of reasons why, as discussed in the article. If it was a simple as switching a switch, then the feature would be a no-brainer. But sadly, it's more complicated than that.
elda  +   545d ago
The PS3 is supposed to have a 10 yr life cycle,so Sony is probably not going to implement PS3 backwards compatibility in the PS4 especially if it's released this year,they want to keep selling the PS3 while selling the PS4 like they did the PS2 when the PS3 was released,PS3 backwards compatibility with PS2 was short lived because of cost & technical problems.
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Tokyo_reject  +   545d ago
OMG get over it....The N64 wasnt Backwards Compatible with Gamecube lol. The Gamecube was still great!!!
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arronax-1  +   544d ago
riiiight.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   544d ago
But every Nintendo console since the GameCube has included it. And the handhelds were ALL BC with at least the previous generation. GB color could play GB games, GB Advance could play all GB games, DS could play GBA, 3DS could play DS, etc.

People say BC isn't important but it must be to someone. Sony, MS, and Nintendo seem to put a lot of effort into making sure their systems are. Maybe MS to a lesser extent but at least they went through the motions.
cpayne93  +   544d ago
It would have been much more difficult to have a system which supported cartridge and disc based format.
brettyd  +   545d ago
I dont expect it to be...and i couldn't care less.
BitbyDeath  +   545d ago
If the PS4 is not backwards compatible then i'd imagine PS3 games would not play on it.

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BrianC6234  +   545d ago
Sony should forget about this feature. It's nice to have but adds to the cost of each console. What if it's $50 to have that feature in your PS4? Would you rather that $50 goes to backward compatibility or more RAM? That's what Sony has to look at really. It will help more to have lots of RAM.
americanGTA  +   545d ago
It shouldnt cost that much if they use emulation
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