Submitted by lreyna 958d ago | opinion piece

Backwards Compatibility: A Lost Art Form

While the PS4's backwards compatibility mess is troubling, this trend is nothing new. What happened to making systems backwards compatible? And what can Sony do to fix this problem for the PS4? (PS3, PS4)

fluffydelusions  +   958d ago
The problem is they went from cell -> x86. Though that isn't exactly a problem but a smart move as it's easier for developers to take advantage of. BC will not work but maybe gaikai will remedy this to some extent. Not sure, we'll see.
#1 (Edited 958d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
JoGam  +   958d ago
Guys let it go, traditional backwards compatibility is gone. Get over it. Im more interested in the cloud gaming aspects of PS4. No one will be playing their old games six months to years down the line anyway. REAL TALK.
fluffydelusions  +   958d ago
"No one will be playing their old games six months to years down the line anyway. REAL TALK."

That's not true at all. For instance, personally my PS3 broke last year and I've yet to replace because I'm content with PC gaming scene till next gen. I'd be lying if I were to say I'm not going to miss playing TLOU and Beyond. Definitely getting PS4 day 1 and would love to play on PS4 at some point.
#2.1 (Edited 958d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
JoGam  +   958d ago
When i say no one i mean not enough to investin the tech . Dude I spent $599 on the PS3 day one and only used the backwards compatibility a few times. Not enough to say i got my money's worth.
Shadow Flare  +   958d ago
"What happened to making systems backwards compatible?"

Gaikai? Everything, everywhere?

We don't have all the details yet, if Sony can make a system which knows which discs you've already bought, then allow you to stream them for free, there's your solution.

Having access to the entire PlayStation library and being able to stream any ps game ever on console and portable is the best backwards compatibility system we've ever had
#3 (Edited 958d ago ) | Agree(4) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
M2-  +   958d ago
lol, and if you have no internet access? Not even PSN games will be backwards compatible on the PS4 neither will saved game data.
#3.1 (Edited 958d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(3) | Report | Reply
smashcrashbash  +   958d ago
That hasn't been confirmed at all.And think about it from a business perspective. If they made the PS4 backwards compatible it would take away from PS3 sales.If the PS4 could play PS3 games too. They would have hundreds of unsold PS3s.No one has an obligation to cater to the last system.I am sure they would rather concentrate on making games for the PS4 rather then trying to add hardware to play PS3 discs.It's not like tey aren't giving us any options at all
MysticStrummer  +   958d ago
So you believe PS4 will be able to stream PS3 games just by putting the disc in, but you don't think it will be possible to stream PSN games that are attached to your account? That makes very little sense.
khellendros1  +   958d ago
I don't understand what the big deal is. True backwards compatibility was only available for one generation. That was on the PS2. People act like it's been something we've always had.
MysticStrummer  +   958d ago
A lost art form? Has BC been around long enough to use that overly dramatic phrase? Personally I never played my PS1 games once I bought a PS2, and never played my PS2 games once I bought a PS3, so I don't care.
Pintheshadows  +   958d ago
I only used my fat 60gb backwards compatibilty feature once. For FF12. Honestly when I buy a new console i'm looking to play new games. If you want to carry on playing PS3 games and your PSN downloads keep your PS3. It isn't difficult. And if you want to complain about a feature that people scream for and then don't bother using keep doing it. I'll just shrug and carry on.

I got over it when my Megadrive cartridges wouldn't fit in my Saturn's disctray.
stephmhishot  +   957d ago
I still have an original Phat 60 GB (well now its 750GB) PS3 and the damn thing is so sexy, I can't imagine ever trading it in towards the purchase of a PS4. BC issue solved.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Results: LoL Worlds 2015 Group Stage week two, KOO Tigers vs paiN Gaming

14m ago - Emerging from game three of today's Worlds 2015 Group Stage games is the first confirmed team for... | PC

#PerformanceMatters: Why Good Acting Is Important In Modern Video Games

14m ago - Video game actors are contemplating going on strike. Here’s why publishers should, at the very le... | Culture

MoreConsole takes on Destiny: The Taken King

Now - MoreConsole's rag-tag band of guardians finally make it to the Oryx's ship...but can they make it out alive? | Promoted post

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Review | Presstartoplay

1h ago - An in-depth review of Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax by Presstartoplay's Vince Volpert. | PS3

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review | Presstartoplay

1h ago - Joey's swan song review of Hideo Kojima's final game in the Metal Gear saga: Metal Gear Solid V:... | PS4

Halloween Month: Mogeko Castle Review | Rice Digital

1h ago - "In this series of Halloween Month specials we will look at some horror games that are sure to ke... | PC