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In case you were hoping that the slim chance of old and defunct sports titles coming to the Playstation 4 was going to be a thing, Sony seems intent on not supporting backwards compatibility at the present time.

Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Computer Entertainment's head of world wide studios, told Plygon that there was little chance of the Microsoft announcement changing Sony's approach.

"The announcement didn't change," he said, "I don't think we will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn't have backward compatibility."

In fact, Sony's approach seems to be approaching improving the PS4 with new products and services that aren't backwards compatibility instead.

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'"PlayStation Now works surprisingly well," Yoshida said. "But the primary purpose of that project was to create a new network service that could be used to bring PlayStation games to multiple devices including non-PlayStation devices, like Sony and Samsung televisions.

"That is an example of our adding and creating new services and initiatives."

But why doesn't Sony want to do backward compatibility on the PS4? I asked.

"Backward compatibility is hard," he said. "I won't say we'll never do it, but it's not an easy thing to do.

"If it was easy we would have done that."'

So for now, the dreams of playing old college sports titles on the Playstation 4 is a dead one. But maybe someday, maybe?

Member Comments
# 1 CM Hooe @ 06/22/15 04:40 PM
Wasn't Sony going to support that streaming service for last-generation games? Gaikai, I think?

It was a kinda big deal with the PS4 reveal two years ago now.
 
# 2 Sandman42 @ 06/22/15 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by CM Hooe
Wasn't Sony going to support that streaming service for last-generation games? Gaikai, I think?

It was a kinda big deal with the PS4 reveal two years ago now.
Yeah, they do support it, its called PSNow.

The prices are way too high though, and you have to pay for everything, even if you own the PS3 version.
 
# 3 Flawless @ 06/22/15 04:50 PM
Of course not, how could you possibly emulate the Cell processor?
 
# 4 Picci @ 06/22/15 05:07 PM
When the PS3 was released, it offered BC for PS2 games. When they stopped with the slim model there was a small uproar. That uproar went quickly when more new games arrived. No need to go back again.
 
# 5 mgoblue @ 06/22/15 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Flawless
Of course not, how could you possibly emulate the Cell processor?
This and why would Sony give something for free that they can charge outrageous prices for?
 
# 6 JKSportsGamer1984 @ 06/22/15 05:28 PM
I have zero problem with this. The faster we move on from last gen the better.
 
# 7 bigbob @ 06/22/15 07:00 PM
It's not that big of an issue for me, just like the backwards compatibility addition to the One isn't a big deal to me.
 
# 8 NC12 @ 06/22/15 07:28 PM
I have no problem with this, as long as NCAA games will hopefully be released in the somewhat near future...
 
# 9 NINJAK2 @ 06/22/15 08:16 PM
"If it's not easy, don't even try it"- sounds like the slogan of a true visionary...


Fact is X1 is playing catch up and they need to incorporate things like this to gain some buzz. If ps4 were in the same boat as X1 believe me they would have figured out a way to incorporate b.c.--No matter how "hard" it may be.
 
# 10 DickDalewood @ 06/22/15 08:41 PM
Not a big deal at all. I would argue that outside of the hardcore, barely anyone cares about or is asking for this feature.
 
# 11 NINJAK2 @ 06/22/15 09:10 PM
Speaking for myself I don't like having multiple consoles hooked up to the same tv as the area tends to look cluttered. Also don't like hooking up, un hooking and storing away (rinse, repeat). Being able to play some of the older games that I never got a chance to play and all new gen games on 1 platform is a pretty cool thing. Not groundbreaking or a gamechanger or anything but a nice perk...
 
# 12 LingeringRegime @ 06/22/15 10:25 PM
I have my PS3 for my PS3 games. So far so good.
 
# 13 23 @ 06/22/15 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by LingeringRegime
I have my PS3 for my PS3 games. So far so good.
Same here

I can still play college hoops abd whatever else.

Shrugs
 
# 14 Super Glock @ 06/23/15 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by NINJAK2
Speaking for myself I don't like having multiple consoles hooked up to the same tv as the area tends to look cluttered. Also don't like hooking up, un hooking and storing away (rinse, repeat). Being able to play some of the older games that I never got a chance to play and all new gen games on 1 platform is a pretty cool thing. Not groundbreaking or a gamechanger or anything but a nice perk...
Yes definitely a nice perk to have, glad Microsoft was able to provide this.
 
# 15 Sheba2011 @ 06/23/15 12:49 AM
Personally I think it is a nice feature to have but even MSoft hasn't provided true backwards compatibility. I have hundreds of 360 games I can't play on the One right now because they are not on the list of supported devices. Some of them are from developers that no longer exist and might never make it onto the list. There were over 1000 games released for 360 over it's lifetime, 100 of them will be supported by the end of the year. As of right now this is just a gimmick feature to me.
 
# 16 mestevo @ 06/23/15 01:55 AM
It feels like I played about as must Geometry Wars this week as I played Forza Horizon 2. I wouldn't have hooked up a 360 to do that, and now 4 of my old launch 360 games push my console towards ~70 full games, demos and betas installed and available with a couple of button presses.

Now if only I could overtake my friend who's been #1 on our leaderboard for a couple of years...

Sony just isn't in a position to roll this out, they've invested in hundreds of millions in the acquisition and infrastructure for PS Now, they've got to recoup that and then some.

I'm really looking forward to things like the Rainbow 6 Vegas games being included w/ Siege. It's unfortunate that licensing will probably prevent a lot of the most-desired titles around here from happening.
 
# 17 kingkilla56 @ 06/23/15 02:02 AM
PS Now is a complete joke. They'll never recoup anything from that project at the rate they're going in.
 
# 18 sarlndr @ 06/23/15 05:15 AM
If MS had did this at launch it would have helped sell more systems. I don't think it will have the same effect now. I didn't buy a new system to play an eight year old games but to each their own. I'll just keep playing newer games I guess.
 
# 19 GlennN @ 06/23/15 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by sarlndr
If MS had did this at launch it would have helped sell more systems. I don't think it will have the same effect now. I didn't buy a new system to play an eight year old games but to each their own. I'll just keep playing newer games I guess.
I can say that it probably would have sold at least one more X1. I was torn when I bought my PS4 about a year ago. IF X1 had BC at that time, I probably would have gone with the X1 instead of the PS4 (since I had a 360 in the last generation). Too late now though.
 
# 20 ricky24 @ 06/23/15 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by lhslancers
Aside from the fact there might not be enough room in the entertainment center for an old console why wouldn't you just play the old games in the old console? I don't get this at all.

There are features on the new console that are better. Headsets, controller, recording and screenshot options. The list goes on.
 

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