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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?

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fluffydelusions1219d ago (Edited 1219d 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.

JoGam1219d 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.

fluffydelusions1219d ago (Edited 1219d 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.

JoGam1219d 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 Flare1219d ago (Edited 1219d 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

M2-1219d ago (Edited 1219d 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.

smashcrashbash1219d 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

MysticStrummer1219d 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.

khellendros11219d 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.

MysticStrummer1219d 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.

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