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?"

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Ezz20131667d ago

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

Nitrowolf21667d ago

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

iamnsuperman1667d ago (Edited 1667d 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

jujubee881667d ago

Not a deal breaker if there is none.

If the price is around $350, than I will still buy a PS4 (regardless).

decrypt1667d ago


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.

Ezz20131667d ago


yes i still have my ps2
i even still have ps1

and still play them

Arksine1667d 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.

gaffyh1667d 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.

insomnium21667d ago


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.

zebramocha1667d ago

@decrypt you wouldn't have your ps2 plug up but the wires are compatible so it's not that big of a deal.

MikeMyers1667d 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.

Sarcasm1667d ago

It's not going to be Backwards compatible of the hardware rumors end up being true.

DOMination-1667d 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.

Heartnet1667d ago

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...

TheOneEyedHound1667d ago

You are 100% right, I would also like my psn and trophys to transfer to the PS4.

sikbeta1667d 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

GribbleGrunger1667d ago

What if the Nextbox isn't backward compatible?

Axecution1667d 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

TheGamerDood1667d 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.

sobekflakmonkey1667d ago (Edited 1667d ago )

I'm concerned that a lot of you don't know how BC 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.

ElectricKaibutsu1667d 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.

t0mmyb0y1666d ago

Although slooooow, the Wii U did it good. I don't see why Sony wouldn't do the same.

1nsomniac1666d ago (Edited 1666d 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.

SolidStoner1666d 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-Sept1664d ago

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.

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spacedelete1667d 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.

InMyOpinion1667d 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_Juice1667d ago (Edited 1667d 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

Heartnet1667d ago

Cause simply put... we asked for it lol.

and you comment to bring ur side of the arguement

sobekflakmonkey1667d 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.

BlueTemplar1666d 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.

fullmetal2971666d ago

Because PS1 games are not hard to emulate because the hardware is very old and the PS2 games are ported to the PS3.

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LordHiggens1667d ago

Speak for yourself I want to trade mine in to pay for this beast...

Scenarist1667d ago

thats that shit companies dont like