Sony should (but won’t) make the PS4 backwards compatible

An editorial about the lack of backwards compatibility transitioning to the next generation compared to the transition for the current one.

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NastyLeftHook01866d ago

100% of these articles are false information until i see what's up feb 20.

buddymagoo1866d ago

I'm prepared for the announcement that it won't be, then if it is, it will be a mega bonus.

If I expected it to be backwards compatible and it isn't I would be devastated.

LOOK_AT_THIS_I1866d ago

Here's the solution for this. If they switch up the cell for another type of system and it wont/cant be added to allow for ps3 game play then this is where the Gaikai service comes in.

They have the ability to track the game in the console possibly with the "used game patent" way to determine a legit copy. This allows the person to put the ps3 game in the ps4, the system scans for legit copy and allows streaming access through Gaikai.

I dont know how it would work with digital/psn games but a similar method could be utilized to ensure backwards compatibility with next gen and not have to keep two consoles out side by side. (Just a thought)

007Bond1866d ago

Both PS4 and 720 better have backwards or it will suck bigtime!

cannon88001866d ago (Edited 1866d ago )

I think it's going to be backwards compatible. I Think that they are going to make two different models of ps4. One with the amd apu/dedicated gpu and another with the amd apu/dedicated gpu and cell broadband engine. It's nothing out of the ordinary if you think about it. Emotion engine was in the ps3 before and then it was removed. Maybe the same thing will happen once they see that not many people are buying the backwards compatible version because it would be more expensive, but this is my opinion.

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smashcrashbash1866d ago (Edited 1866d ago )

Wait.How are 100% of the articles false information when you don't know how much truth there are to them? Several articles state that they have sources that informed them of these things but you have no sources at all so how can you be sure they are 100% false? .

FragGen1866d ago (Edited 1866d ago )

Agreed. But to be honest, since they are switching to an intel based architecture, I would be willing to bet a fairly significant sum that it will not be backwards compatible (at the H/W level, anyway, barring some tech like streaming old games) since the PS3 will have an entirely different CPU architecture from the PS4.

It probably isn't worth the cost given the technical barrier and the value (to Sony in terms of sales) of the backwards compatibility. They traveled that road on the PS3 original launch and abandoned it, so I'm guessing they won't even consider it this go around since it will be expensive.

Conzul1866d ago

Um....Intel? I thought it was AMD.

Conzul1866d ago

Um....Intel? I thought it would be AMD....

Muerte24941866d ago (Edited 1866d ago )

At the launch of a new system, you definitely need backwards compatibility. Even with the Wii U extensive launch lineup, the games for the system are feeling long in between one another. Wii U's launch window was considered to be one of the best. Once the new platform's library is substantial enough to stand on it's own, then and only then, should backward compatibility be debatable(it should still remain optional). Backwards compatibility was actually a really big selling feature for the PS2. It was something that Sony's competitors couldn't replicate.

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THC CELL1866d ago

I say make it optional id pay extra

SandWitch1866d ago

Yeah, a separate SKU with B/C would be nice

bakagaijin781866d ago

I was about to post this very thing. Sony should make B/C an option and charge more for it. Then make a cheaper SKU for those who don't care about B/C.

dgonza401866d ago

That's brilliant for the hardcore, but it's confusing to the general public.. With a bunch of different SKUs for just the amount of storage it would have, having seperate SKUs in the mix makes it harder to inform the consumer on what would be the right SKU for them.

I'm definitely for it, but I know why Sony wouldn't do it.

bakagaijin781866d ago (Edited 1866d ago )

But then in cases like this wouldn't the general public just go for the cheaper version if they don't know any better? No harm, no foul.

I understand what you mean, but consider that there are tons of products out there with multiple SKUs based on what they provide (iPhones and iPads come to mind) and the general public seems to make their purchasing decisions just fine.

Seriously though, I bought a launch PS3 with B/C and loved it. It died last year and I was disappointed that I couldn't replace it. Instead I bought a new PS3 AND a PS2... but its just not the same. I would have paid more if I could have bought a PS3 that would play my PS2 games simply for the space-saving and convenience.

Agent_00_Revan1866d ago

And how does the public sort it out now ow many versions of the Ps3 there are/have been? They figure it out, or ask someone.

They managed to figure it out with the Premium vs Arcade edition of the 360, same for the 60GB vs 20GB during launch, and even with the regular vs Deluxe WiiU. Previous situations point to the public buying the MORE Expensive models.

This would be the same situation. The public isn't always as stupid/uneducated as we like to think.

HarryMasonHerpderp1866d ago

Maybe it could be part of the PS plus scheme? if it crosses over to the PS4 that is.

Donnieboi1866d ago

I don't understand. What do u mean (please)?

HarryMasonHerpderp1866d ago

If you sign up with playstation plus on the PS4 you get backwards compatibility with PS3 games.
Would be a nice perk for Plus subscribers.

Lvl_up_gamer1866d ago

I think that PS+ will be combined with gaikai. It will be around $50 a year and on top of all the content you currently get with PS+ you will also get all the PS1 PS2 and PS3 titles giving Sony and the PS4 the largest library of games next gen and in history on a single console.

The downside is that you are paying for PS3 games again through a paid online subscription.

HarryMasonHerpderp1865d ago

Yeah I could probably see that happening.
Especially with the Gaikai part.
All will be revealed at E3 2013 :)

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FragGen1866d ago

I'll probably just keep my two PS3s and add the PS4 to the mix. All my TVs have more than 1 HDMI input. LOL.

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GribbleGrunger1866d ago

The only reason Sony wouldn't offer BC is because they're still selling the PS3. It's not something I like, but I can see how it makes sense for Sony to do this, and anything that makes Sony money is good for me in the long run.

KrisButtar1866d ago

But but... They were still selling ps2's when the 60GB ps3 came out. :)
I hope they would have an option like 2 models one that was BC and one that wasn't

OpenGL1866d ago

Or because they're switching to an x86 platform using AMD APUs, which are nowhere near fast enough to emulate something as complex as the PS3.

FragGen1866d ago (Edited 1866d ago )

EXACTLY. I really doubt the cost in terms of development and support to have some backward compatibility between two completely disparate CPU architectures, that will likely not even work well, is something Sony sees as "making sense" or, more importantly, money for that matter.

Qrphe1866d ago

I honestly don't care about BC. If anything, I'd say don't include so I don't have to pay for something I will not use.

cervantes991866d ago

PS3 backwards compatibility would be great because this gen is HD unlike the last so the PS3 games will look fine on HD TVs.

However, the Cell would need to be included in the PS4 hardware which would raise the price and Sony would be grilled for a high price again.

I would like to see a premium SKU that includes hardware BC for $499 and a standard PS4 w/no BC for $349 - $399.

I don't want to have to stream my games when I have a hard copy sitting on my shelf. BC is only great during the first year anyway for the most part. Once I taste PS4 greatness - PS3 will seem old and clunky.

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