Experienced Points Why the PS4 Doesn't Do PS3 Games

People are mad that, at least at the outset, the PlayStation 4 won't be backwards compatible. Jim Sterling briefly mentioned it this week and MovieBob commented about it on Twitter. Hiding behind all the speculation about how the device will look and how much it will cost is a pretty reasonable question of "Why can't the machine run old games?"

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alousow2142d ago

i dont really care if my ps4 play ps3 games. i kno for sure after i get my ps4 im bot turning back to my ps3

joab7772142d ago

If the ps4 cost $400 at launch and they add BC, it will raise cost to $450-$500. The ps3 will see price drop also so how much will u really be saving? Isnt it better to keep for awhile? It does alot more than play games. And any games that release for both, i will wait for ps4 version. I am gonna keep it til i atleast play everything i want from this gen. Then i may give it and my library to someone who hasnt been able to afford one. If we were talking $700-$1000, then i would want BC, but we are not.

DarkBlood2142d ago

yeah i saw you say this exact same message in another article. @alousow

Utalkin2me2141d ago

My Ps3 will play PS3 games. So im not concerned about the PS4 playing PS3 games.

BattleAxe2141d ago (Edited 2141d ago )

I own around 30 games that were purchased from the PSN, so if I'm not able to access that content in some fashion, then it will be hard for me to invest in the PS4. I like everything I see, but I will need to be able to at least stream the games that I've purchased through GaiKai to justify the purchase. Some of the games I bought from the PSN are games that I owned on the PS2, so there is no way I will re-buy those games a third time on the PS4.

Utalkin2me2141d ago

Your PS3 wont be able to play your PSN content?

T9002141d ago


Its silly to point at the PS3, not everyone has the space to plug in multiple machines from different era just so they can play the thousands of usd worth of software they bought.

Personally i love Steam in that way. Next gen may be coming, i have over 200 games on Steam, I know i am not going to lose my investment of games, neither will have to repay for them. Everything just will work.

Utalkin2me2141d ago

Sorry you have so much invested into steam. Considering i sell my games 30 days later.Not like people are going to be relying on PS3 oldies as the PS4 comes out.

zerocrossing2141d ago

My point will always be, if my PC can have BC regardless of the architecture then so could the PS4 and I sincerely doubt the addition of BC would have effected the pricing of the PS4 in any significant way.

My PS3 died a while back and I still have a ton of PS3 games, it would be really convenient for me if the PS4 had BC, but no, if I want to play/finish any of my PS3 games I'll have to bet both a PS3 and a PS4, and well that just sucks, IMO.

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nevin12142d ago

The PSmove will work on PS4 but as of now, so PS3 games won't play on it.

Im sorry thats odd and funny.

smashcrashbash2142d ago

How is that odd or funny.How is the Move and BC related in any way?

classic2002142d ago (Edited 2142d ago )

Software emulation skyrockets PS4 price.

Putting a last gen hardware device to be compatible with the new PS eye does not do a damn thing to the PS4 pricing.

classic2002142d ago

Software emulation skyrocket PS4 price.

Putting a last gen hardware device to be compatible with the new PS eye does not do a damn thing.

Utalkin2me2141d ago

Whats odd and funny is that you have to pay for xbox live to use your netflix you already pay for.

InTheLab2141d ago

The real question is, why doe the PS4 not support the Dualshock 3, but somehow supports Move???

The Cell is the reason why the PS4 won't be BC

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RTheRebel2142d ago

Sucks PS4 is not backward compatible. I'm 50-50 if, I want to purchase a PS4.
And, so many PS3 games are gonna go on sale when the PS4 releases =) Plus I Have like 20+ PS3 Games I still need to play lol.

Aceman182141d ago

i thankfully won't have that issue as i did plan on keeping my PS3 to play the game i still have. while i have space in the entertainment unit for the PS4 to play PS4 games.

belac092142d ago

i wont buy it, i still play handhelds more anyways, i was going to preorder it but i wont support the greed. im a sony fan all the way but this is ridiculous

smashcrashbash2142d ago (Edited 2142d ago )

No problem. So you are willing to pay whatever extra it takes to integrate the PS3 into the PS4? Good so you will pay any price for BC? No you won't. You will just complain that the price is too high like with the PS3 and demand that it be cheaper.You want it but you are not willing to pay for it. That sir is also greed.It's amazing how gamers can only see a company's greed and not their own.

delboy2141d ago

Are you willing to pay a monthly fee just to be able to stream your ps3 games on ps4?
Ps3 games you already have paid for.
In the long run it will cost you more. Just think about it, don't be a blind fanboy.

And never forget it is Sony we are talking about here, if that cloud thing gets hacked, they might even remove that feature like they did with Linux!

belac092141d ago (Edited 2141d ago )

yup. well said.

Hicken2142d ago

Get outta here. What greed? The greed of not releasing another $600 console that people won't buy because they complain that it's too expensive. Then they'll have wasted money on producing a console with a feature most people don't use anyway, and that people won't buy it for.

Would it be nice? Yeah, but it's not a deal breaker. We're not entitled to backwards compatibility. None of the systems NEED it as a feature. The PS4 and nextbox will be made to play THEIR games particularly, NOT the games of their predecessors.

rezzah2142d ago

You are the thing that you complain about, greed.

Buy a PS3 so you don't have to worry about anything PS4.

classic2002141d ago

I rather see couple so called sony fans leave the PS4 console than having sony fail with everyone because of a another expensive system.

Aceman182141d ago

hmm i'm glad i have an plasma TV with multiple HDMI inputs so i can easily flip the tv source on it to switch between PS3 & PS4.

i wont have any problems purchasing the system.

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jlukee2142d ago

At the very least if you've purchased the game you should get a free digital copy rather than having to pay all over again. Im sure there must be some sort of production code that's individual to each disc bought.
From a business point of view this will never happen sadly.

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