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Interview with SCEJ President on PS4's selling point, backward compatibility and hardware

Backwards compatibility, the final hardware, Dual Shock 4, and the systems main selling point. Hiroshi Kawano discusses the PlayStation 4 announcement in this interview translated from Famitsu.

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DaveyB1312d ago

Nice interview - I like how he 'expertly' avoids the Backward Compatibility question!

R_aVe_N1312d ago

He really didnt avoid it.

"Kawano: At the moment it’s not possible to play packaged software on the PS4."

So as of right now it will not play packaged games, but they did say however you can stream them later on as they roll it out.

Peppino71312d ago

I'm hoping they'll just announce backwards compatibility later on. It looks like it has the capabilities too.

JoGam1312d ago (Edited 1312d ago )

Here's the truth, like it or not. The PS4 won't be backwards compatible. Nor will the 720. Why? Because they lose money. Think about it. Both Sony and MS started a new business model by releasing HD classics and remakes For example, Sony, look at the PS1 and PS2 classics. Sony makes them in HD (PS2) and resells them for profit which is good business. MS did the same thing with Halo 1. I doubt PS4 will be backwards compatible just for this reason. Oh there will be PS3 classics.

MikeMyers1312d ago

"Kawano: At the moment it’s not possible to play packaged software on the PS4."

It will be through Gaikai instead.

"As a concept, we are thinking of that – but we have to investigate that more thoroughly. It is an important part of our strategy. Besides, Gaikai has joined the company…"

I expect PLus and Gaikai to be that strategy moving forward. It's about getting returns and this is likely a premium service.

"The way people enjoy games is going to change."

More social and perhaps an extension of Playstation Home. The Share button was a major highlight during the presentation.

"There’s not point to do the same announcement we did today again."

Good, more secrets we don't know yet. They don't want to show their entire hand too early and I expect a huge showing at E3.

askura1312d ago

May be able to register your game or something with a code and then just stream it to the console.

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Patashnik1312d ago

By the looks of it, backwards compatibility will basically involve - stream or download old games for a price.

Being specific to 'packaged' suggests - the games ou've already bought physical copies of won't work.

Perhaps if you have they'll offer a discount on those titles - Vita style...

Oldman1001312d ago

It would be cool if every ps4 had an expansion bay (like the ps2) that would allow you to plug in a backwards compatibility dongle.

mananimal1312d ago

LMAO, packaged games? , sounds like some kind of new code word for PHYSICAL DISC, meaning it doesnt play them, but only streams games, digital downloads or DRM....if that is the case theyve just started WW3, should be interesting regarding how game consumers respond to this if its true. I for 1 will never by a game console that doesnt have a physical disc. So count me out of a PS4 IF thats what he means.

juandren1312d ago

Yes and that is why they put a Blu-Ray drive in the system. Lord help humanity

kreate1312d ago (Edited 1312d ago )

Read the comment wrong. Delete.

kwyjibo1312d ago

Gaikai will be the way to go for BC.

Maybe you insert the PS3 disk and then it confirms that your account has the right to stream it - something like that.

juandren1312d ago

I also imagine it will be something like that

r211312d ago

...Thats actually an idea I could get behind. Maybe they can use our trophies to verify games that werent bought second hand.

Ultr1312d ago

yeah, I just dont understand how people just take their old console and play the game there :P its not like my ps3 is going to destroy itself

KrisButtar1312d ago

i only got room for 3 systems by my main tv, its set up like this ATM, 360,ps3,wii.. in the future i want it set up like this 720,ps4,wii u.

there is no room, im not going to have my ps3 sit on the floor, i would like to put it in my attic with my other systems. (xbox,ps1,ps2,n64,snes,etc)

if the ps4 doesnt have BC in the hardware, i wont buy it launch, as i have a pretty big backlog of ps3 games with more coming out this year.

Ultr1312d ago

yeah I realy dont want your problems :)

also stop buying games for your backlog and work that up ^^

rainslacker1312d ago

It's a convenience for some, and a way for people who don't own a previous system to play older games, particularly important in the early stages of a consoles life as it doesn't shut out late gen games. It's not a deal breaker for me, and I grew accustomed to keeping systems in the early years of consoles, but have been spoiled by Sony with the PS1 and PS2.

It's a bit disappointing that it won't at least play PS1 titles, since that should be pretty easy with the current hardware.

Joe9131312d ago

I think that was the reason for the patent on linking games to a psn account causing the rumors of no used games I always thought they would use it this way once I found out they bought Gaikai and they was not using the Cell but was confirmed when the patent came out.

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ajax171312d ago

It'd be great if it could run PS3 games! They'd run so much smoother with the 6x blu-ray drive!

DarkHeroZX1312d ago

Well they'd run smooth if the weren't coded for the cell. If it wasn't for that BC would have been easy.

ajax171312d ago

I know, it'd be great though.

feels1312d ago

very good and honest man

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