Playstation's Half Truth About Backwards Compatibility Is It Worth It?

Playstation exec over in Europe Jim Ryan, doesn't think Backwards Compatibility is all that its cracked up to be. That its a feature everyone wants till they actually have it. But, is that right? What is the real reason as to why the PS4 lack of backwards compatibility? Because, its more then just a cell processor thats in the way of gamers playing their old PS3 collection.

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Bennibop349d ago

They have the stats from ps3 days. They have no.reason to lie, as stated previously Microsoft are using bc to.cover up the lack of games launching.

ImGumbyDammit349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

PSNow is just a money grab then. I mean if you think Microsoft BC has no purpose, even though it is free on the Xbox than you definitely can't say PSNow, which is not free, can have any value, right? Or is PSNow also to mask something as well?

SquidBuck349d ago

Wrong, PSNow allows pc gamers and people without gaming systems to play older games, including ps3 exclusives.

ForeverTheGoat349d ago

They recently just allowed it for pc. PsNow was always intended to charge people to play old games. It is just a money grab.

Why o why349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

Cash grab for me personally especially since there's no workarounds for price if you still own the originals

Those moaning about bc tend to be guys who prefer Xbox and somehow they use more of their energy attacking Sony for not having bc than they do ms for lacking in current gen output. . Go figure. It's not a false dilemma where we have to choose between bc or a steady flow of actual new games though . . It is possible to have both. .

Did I use it last gen on my fat ps3. . . .Not really, would I mind having the option. . .of course not. . Is it the highest thing on my list of priorities no way as I still have a working ps3. . .something some Xbox guys know very little about😁

darthv72349d ago

@benni... sony dropped bc in the ps3 rather soon and sold more systems that werent bc than they did with. They really cant make an objective view if they didnt support it long enough to really gauge interest.

They can only theorize. And not even having it in ps4.... they can only keep repeating the decisions of the top dogs and that is: no bc.

@why, i for one still use the feature in my ps3 because its a convenience that is to good to not use. Taking a break from ps3 games to just as easily pop in a ps2 or ps1 classic that has not been remastered... AND running over hdmi instead of component or svideo. Its such an easy thing to get behind.

One system capable of playing 3 gens of games. I feel bad for those who missed out on such a great feature and only look at what sony is saying now as the gospel.

Choice is never a bad thing but to not even provide choice is. That was something MS was chastized for and yet sony is praised.

I dont get the logic sometimes.

DashArrivals349d ago

The TECH behind PS NOW, is what they bought. They bought it to future-proof them. The gaming industry will evolve and so will the tech. They need this technology. It was a wise purchase.

ImGumbyDammit349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

@SquidBuck You keep saying that. But, I bet the data for PC usage for PSNow is nil or damn close to non-existent usage. Not a scientific study but not single person I know plays PSNow on their PC. How many people do you know that use PSNow on the PC? And if Sony truly believed in the service they would not have dropped the only devices (Vita, PS3, disc players, smart TVs, Roku, etc,,,) where this type of service made sense.

Who are these people without a gaming system. For your info a PC is a gaming system. There are no other systems outside of a PC or PS4 that can use PSNow.

Did you even read your statement "to play older games" so BC. Play older games. And only systems that do use that streaming PS3 BC now are PC and PS4. You somehow think there is large group PC uses that really want a PS3 but don't have money to buy one. So they stream old PS3 games at 720p to their PC's. Sorry, I doubt that demand exists. PC gamers are not fools. They can be a little arrogant, but hardly fools.

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Shadyceaser349d ago

They took ps3 bc after about a month ... Bc never arrived in most regions.... Australia comes to mind ... So they wouldn't know ... The outcry was huge in my circles... We all jumped ship and bought 360's

nitus10348d ago

I call BS on that.

I live in Australia and purchased a PS3 day one (PAL Version) which can and still play PS1, PS2 and of course PS3 games. I also have a library of well over 100 PS1, PS2 and PS3 games but I rarely play them since I also have a PS4.

Even with a BC PS3 PS1 games do look very grainy on my 55" HDTV while PS2 games do have a tendency to look "washed out" although still acceptably playable compared to PS3 games. PS4 games are pretty much all 1080p and are much more graphically pleasing compared to PS3 games although to be fair some PS3 games were 1080p and still hold up graphically today.

BTW. All PS3's from day one to current can play PS1 games. The question to ask is how many people today actually play the odd PS1 game and how often?

Note: The important factors for a game to be good are in order:
1) It must have good gameplay.
2) Be graphically acceptable.
Although to be fair those features are subjective but all this is pointless unless you have the game.

xsta1ker348d ago (Edited 348d ago )

give it a rest with the ms no games crap xbox has plenty of games... ok so some exclusives have been canceled
and shortened there exclusive library of games this year.

this doesn't mean ms is going to stop making exclusives for their console thats the dumbest fanboy statement
out there. Microsoft knows they need exclusive games for fans and more importantly business.

it's the fanboys that need to take advantage of any mistakes buy it's opposition to make themselves feel better.
it's kind of a bully mentality you know the type pick on someone in front of there friends makes them feel good about themselves.

but in the end the bully gets what he's been disheing out and
comes to the realization he's been acting like a real Dbag.

Garethvk349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

I do not care about it. Our PS3 played PS2 games.I play new games on my console not last gen titles. If I want to play them I have the older consoles. To me it is about moving forward not backwards.

ImGumbyDammit349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

If you are moving forward not backwards why do you still have the old consoles? Seems like if they have no value (always going forward never back remember) So, head over to the local Goodwill and donate everything. No need to have them around, share the joy with somebody else less fortunate who might appreciate the past games today.

Garethvk349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

Have not played them in years. Just traded in Wii U. Keep PS3 as backup 3D Blu Ray player.

blackblades349d ago

It's called a collection, hell I still got old tips and tricks mags and old console boxes.

ImGumbyDammit349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

@blackblades So they are unopened game boxes? That would be a collection. Otherwise, those old games are not worth anything (remember going forward was Garethvk's point I was responding to) Keeping htem sounds like an excuse to me. I don't use it but like to keep it around. That is what pack rats say; everything has purpose even if you haven't touched it in 5 years. As for those mags, what purpose do they serve if you will never play those games they talk about again. Going forward remember. Either that or deep down you know you want to play those older games someday.

@Garethvk PS3 as a backup 3d Blu-Ray player. Fine, I will accept that as an excuse for keeping the PS3 console itself. But what about those games? You got rid of them right? If not, you will donate them right? Once again always going forward, no need to have the old silly PS3 games you apparently see no value in ever playing again. Seriously, there are plenty of people that don't have money that would love to have those games. Not only donation centers like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Vets, etc.. but, also children hospitals, after school community centers in low income areas and the like.

snoopgg349d ago

I still use my ps3 to play games and watch movies on my sonyxbr tv downstairs. I play my pro on my Samsung ks8000 upstairs. My 360s I couldn't donate cause they had rrod! My ps3 works fine yet, and will keep it to play my backlog of physical games on Blu-ray I have. This is not a problem in any way. I don't need bc, cause i still use the original way these games were made to play to actually play them.

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chobit_A5HL3Y349d ago

bc is always a good feature but most people won't use it. when peopel upgrade to a new console, they generally leave the previous generation behind, and if they don't, they still have the old console.

BeOpenMinded349d ago

Removes the need for the old console and the new one plays the game you purchased. I want to keep what I buy even if I don't replay many games. It's good value, a smart move, and most importantly pro consumer in a digital age

mastiffchild349d ago

I concur. While BC is always nice to have I really barely, if ever, used my launch 60gig PS3 to play anything other than current games. I think I played an old ratchet and GoW2 and that was it.

Recently, mind, I ran low on space in front room and decided to pack away my CRT and the PS1 and 2 and finally just use that PS3 to play all my old PS games. Even then, mind, Im usually playing PS4 and PC, Switch or Xbox games of the current gen. I like to play old games but its still much less frequent than new and tended,until just lately, to be as much about playing them as I remember them and on original hardware as about just the games themselves. Playing a Snes game via emulation isnt the same as firing up the console and a crt and BC can fall into the same trap for me. As I say its really only space issues that have forced a change for me.

Anyway, bc is nice but as a general rule people are much more about new games.

DragonbornZ349d ago (Edited 349d ago )

With Microsoft's generation-less approach to their future consoles, gamers in their ecosystem won't need to keep their old consoles because their games will work on the next one regardless.

I understand Sony's position on BC, but that was before online multiplayer took off and digital blew up, not to mention games will age a lot better from PS4/Xb1 to Pro/Scorpio to Ps5/Xb2 than they did from the ps1/2 to the ps3.

I don't know how Sony will tackle backward/forward compatibility for their next console, but Microsoft's approach will be akin to pc gaming. Stronger hardware will play all your games better.

corroios349d ago

Again, BC is being used this gen as a «weapon» to try and hide the huge lack of exclusive content. BC is nice feature, importante at the star of any gen, but after that it wont have any kind of impact.

Of course its always a plus to play your old games, but its not a game changer like so many say, because if it was the PS3 would sold even more and the Wii U would be a huge sucess.

nitus10349d ago

There is a problem if your old game has online requirements and the servers for that game have been shut down. If that is the case then you have what is in effect a coaster or just wasted space on your storage unless that old game has a campaign or single player mode. Even if the servers of the old game that you like are still up how many people are still playing it?

Of course, some games do have couch coop or PvP but you have to have someone to play with you. Fine if you are a child/teen but not so great when you are an adult with commitments.