Sony Unswayed By Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Shuhei Yoshida

Sony has no plans to add backwards compatibility says President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida to Polygon. “I don’t think we will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t have backward compatibility.”

Microsoft’s announcement to include backwards compatibility into the Xbox One most certainly caught Sony’s attention. ”The backward compatibility news was interesting,” said Yoshida. ”The technology involved must be very challenging. I’m interested in seeing the list of titles.” But that seems to be the extent of their interest in the subject.

“Backward compatibility is hard. 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.”

Sony does have the PlayStation Now streaming service that lets PS4 users play a selection of PS3 games, but even then Yoshida doesn’t really think of the service in those terms. “…the primary purpose of [PlayStation Now] 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.”

Per usual, Yoshida did not preclude the possibility for backwards compatibility down the road, but the older a console gets the less important features like backwards compatibility become.

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  • Raymond

    It’s the only thing stopping me from buying a ps4.

    • Tara

      It’s not what’s stopping me, I simply don’t have the funds available right now. Heh. Honestly, though, Backwards Compatibility became “optional” last gen, so not sure why you’d expect it this time around at all. (And yes, I know the PS3 could play PS1 games regardless of version, but PS2 compatibility was gone early on.)

    • Raymond

      I don’t have the funds as well Tara. Why I’m saying is, if I’m going to buy a new console, I’m going to get rid of my old system . Like sell it or trade it in so I have the money to buy the new system.

  • Tara

    I’ve got a PS2 and PS3 for my backwards compatibility needs, so this doesn’t really hurt me in any way. Same deal with XBox/360, so I’m all good either way. It’s a nice convenience option, I suppose, but I’ve never really required it. (Save for PS1 games, which I play on my PS2 or PS3, but that hasn’t been an issue… yet.)

  • Dariyan Skie

    sigh the only reason MS is doing this is to push their failing system with games from a successful system, this is a different kind of monster, this isnt due to fanboys or whatever this is MS KNOWING they are losing, and i guarantee this cost them. and they should have done this on LAUNCH. if PSNOW is ever fully working this will make MS moves irrelevant, not to mention MS is reaching out in several articles asking ppl what 360 games they want to be compatible meaning it wont be all of them.