Editorial: I Don't Need Backwards Compatibility In The PS4

PSXE explains why backwards compatibility isn't an essential feature in the PS4. The old-school gameplay is what we really miss, after all.

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Dante1122321d ago (Edited 2321d ago )

Wouldn't matter to me either. It would probably cost us more to have it in the next gen consoles as well. I'm trying to go with the console that isn't as expensive this gen (Heard the Durango's gonna have 16 cores which will probably run you a good $600-800 (being very generous btw) with just that included lol).

christheredhead2321d ago

True, yet why not just offer a couple of different SKUs for those who want the option? I would pay a couple hundred more for a BC model and for those that don't care, just stick with the standard system. Win win.

I have no interest in re buying a game just to play it on a certain console when the disc is less than a foot from me. I hope they continue offering and selling older titles, and I'm sure they will, but BC would be nice. I mean, I have this insane and vast Playstation collection that I can only access when I have 4 consoles hooked up. Its not really a bother, just a slight inconviencence. I've been waiting for the "all in one" so I can free up some space.

Plus, were only talking about Playstation here. I've still got my SNES/Genesis hooked up when I want to play some side scrollers, N64 for classic Zelda/Banjo/Conker and my Dreamcast for Shenmue/Powerstone/Skies of Arcadia.

Ugh, its just so much. I would probably be better off building a PC so I can have access to those games at all times.

Dante1122321d ago (Edited 2321d ago )

@ chris

Keep in mind that all of this is rumored btw (Durango (MS) and Orbis (Sony) rumors). Both next gen consoles could have totally different specs than what is currently being reported.


High tech consoles that enable REAL homebrew to play old titles, $60 1080p/60fps games (with free DLC), and free online priced all for $300 at launch= My Gaming dream

Relientk772321d ago

We dont "need" it, but I want it

deep_fried_bum_cake2321d ago

Same. I hated when they got rid of the backwards compatibility for PS2 games on the PS3 but I got over it. I'm imagine it would be the same with the PS4 not having it.

MrBeatdown2321d ago

I really wanted it in the PS3, but found that I never used it.

It's a nice feature to have, but I'd rather see a lower priced system. If they could some how turn it into an option, either via different SKUs, or just an add-on, I think that's the way to go.

Agent_00_Revan2320d ago

I like the idea of having different skus, and one of them having BC. I'd pay a little extra to have it.

I do still go back and play old games every now and then, and its just nice to have one device do it all.

Smashbro292320d ago

I would pay a considerable amount extra for them to put in PS1,2 and 3 hardware for 100% PlayStation playability. It'd save me a ton of room. But they'd have to do it right. The PS1 and 2 playback on the PS3 adds a considerable amount of input lag.

zero_cool2317d ago

Well i got news for this articles author plenty of gamers find backwards compatibility important.Gamers still download vc games on a average rate from the playstation network store from arcade games to playstation classics & more get added every month or so.

Cheers Gamers & Happy Gaming!