Lack of Backwards Compatibility in Playstation 4 a Necessary Evil

Our Games Editor Marc weighs in on the loss of backwards compatibility in the new Playstation.

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Abash1756d ago

It's a very small price to pay for a console that is so powerful and easy to develop for. No matter what disappointment you may feel about this, this is a move to propel the gaming industry forward with a console that developers can make games on without the limits of passed gens

aceitman1756d ago

It didn't hurt the ps3 that much , people should be used to it. Just play it on your ps3. They have to keep cost down some how.

Thatguy-3101756d ago

Exactly people act like there ps3 will magically disappear once the ps4 is released.

crxss1756d ago (Edited 1756d ago )

i will be done with my ps3 the second i buy my ps4. sad that i'm going to have to sell all my ps3 classics. i honestly wouldn't mind paying an extra $100 for BC.

NexGen1756d ago

Nail on the head, Abash

TacoTaru1756d ago

It will hurt those people that will need to trade in their PS3 to cover some of the purchase price of the PS4.

Seraphemz1756d ago

And if SONY added PS3 compatibility, the PS4 would cost more, off setting what they would get by selling the PS3, which would mean they would probably spend the same amount of money...

C-Thunder1756d ago

It won't hurt those people because the PS4 would cost more to make it backward compatible. So, now instead of trading towards a more expensive console, they can keep the PS3 and buy the PS4. Hardware based BC isn't free.

TacoTaru1756d ago

Maybe they will be nice and allow free cloud streaming of older games if you insert the old disk in the PS4 while playing. Surely it wouldn't be cost prohibitive to allow this. I don't have my hopes up though. I think this would be as acceptable as true BC even though it would require an internet connection.

JoGam1756d ago (Edited 1756d ago )

To be honest half of the same people complaining about backwards compatible on the PS4, complained about the price of the PS3 at $599 abd it had backwards compatibles. Sony cut the backwards compatibility for the PS3 among other things to lower the price and everyone was happy. Now its that time again and I don't it should matter and if sony learn anything from last gen is make the system at launch affordable. Honestly no one really used their backwards compatibility on the PS3. I know i didn't.

Hazadess11756d ago

I had two launch 60Gig consoles and all I ever played was GOW 1&2 never bothered after that. BC is a non issue to me, still have my launch PS2 upstairs and have no plans to get rid of my current PS3.
Besides current games are designed to run on a totally different architecture to PS4 and for the first year or so companies will release two versions.

Seraphemz1756d ago

@ Haz- same here. i think that I only used my PS3 to play Shadow of the Collosus ( before the HD version came out )...and thats it.

AngelicIceDiamond1756d ago (Edited 1756d ago )

I think it has to do more of the used market industry than Sony. Publishers said time and time again they don't like second hand sales.

So Sony is adapting to buissness by streaming it through the cloud for a fee.

In honestly, MS will follow suit. I believe the 720 won't be BC also. They hired the team that recently worked with Onlive (after getting shutdown) to further assist and manage MS cloud gaming offerings.

So both Sony and MS will make people pay for their BC, Just to make the publishers happy.

FamilyGuy1756d ago

The 360 already has a pc-like architecture, there's no reason why the next xbox shouldn't be backward compatible or at least have SOME backward compatibility.

Sony's new system is in a completely new boat though.

I'll be keeping my PS3 around, especially for all those titles that have yet to be seen and my psn and ps+ downloads.

JsonHenry1756d ago

With the streaming service most people will be able to play the PS3 games that way. It was alluded to in the conference that way.

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Blackdeath_6631756d ago (Edited 1756d ago )

they can't have backwards compatibility unless they have some form of the ps3's cell cpu inside the ps4 that can run the ps3 games. the reason that one model of the ps3 was backward compatible was because it had the emotion engine cpu from the ps2 in it. the only other two options is some form of emulator or online streaming. i don't see why people want an expensive ps4 with a ps3 in it when they can just have a cheaper ps4 and keep the ps3 they are so fond of.
the only case of when it is easily possible was if the ps3 and ps4 had the same cpu but people keep saying they want stronger consoles and that's exactly what they are getting

infamousinfolite1756d ago

Well for me, before this little known knowledge was brought to the fore, I would've have like BC only because so I can get rid of me PS3 and games and move on to the new system without wishing I could play my old titles on the PS4 like I was for the PS3 when the 40/80GB models starting coming out but with the inclusion of Gaikai and PSN allowing us gamers to repurchase some of our old titles as it were for the PS3 like Metal Gear Solid and others I'm happy with what Sony is bringing to us in a cheaper more affordable product.

C-Thunder1756d ago

There's this thing called a sentence. You might want to check it out. I hear they're really popular.

infamousinfolite1756d ago

That was my sentence it just came out as a paragraph.

MasterCornholio1756d ago

Sure just shove in PS3 parts into the PS4 and see how much the price will go up.

If i want to play PS3 games i have my PS3 for that so theres no need to worry for me.

Plus if you dont own a PS3 and are getting the PS4 just take into account that many devs will create a PS4 version of a PS3 game. Best example of this are games like watch dogs.

FamilyGuy1756d ago

One thing that sucks about this is the new PS4 features that I'd like to use on PS3 games. I'd LOVE to be able to record playback of some PS3 games and have it instantly uploaded without all the hassle that comes with doing that today.

If they created a higher cost version that included a cell for full backward compatibility I'd probably go for it. As long as it kept all the PS4 features an didnt limit itself to some "PS3 mode" like ps3s currently do (no xmb access during PS1/PS2 disc-based games.)

Sharingan_no_Kakashi1756d ago

Why don't you just tape your ps3 to your ps4? That way your ps4 can play ps3 games.

PirateThom1756d ago

Yeah, that would make it a PS7 and that's too powerful.

X1756d ago

Nothing a little duct tape can't handle.

a08andan1756d ago

Most importantly; Is the ps3 a top or a bottom? I'm afraid that if it is a bottom, then it will explode when the ps4 is turned on.

FamilyGuy1756d ago

Funny to say this but you COULD preform a hardware mode that would integrate two consoles into one unit. It probably wouldn't look very nice though.

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GiantFriendlyCrab1756d ago

with x86 acpu architecture it should be easy to set up epsxe on you ps4. I dont sony will allow this though.

fluffydelusions1756d ago

lol yeah that isn't happening

HyperBear1756d ago

ummm...don't forget that the Cell architecture is not an x86 cpu. Games developed on cell would need to be completely re-developed with the x86 architecture and to take full advantage of the amount of RAM and all the new tech inside the PS4. It's not as easy to just provide a software update for every PS3 game to be played on the PS4, as the file size to put that out on the network would be about the size of a complete new game, so it wouldn't make sense.

However, with Gaikai, and being able to put those files and that data in the cloud and have the cloud encode/compress/decompress PS1, PS2, PS3 games to the PS4, as David Perry mentioned in the PS Meeting, it will be possible to do that, once their PS Cloud network infrastructure is up and running. (Only question is whether or not you will have to re-buy the game if you currently own it to play it on PS4 or not)

infamousinfolite1756d ago

It'll be nice if you could sell your PS3 games, like say Uncharted, to Gamestop and what Gamestop will do is give you a PSN code/s that will allow you download the same titles that you've sold to GS on to your PS4. All without repurchasing them.

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