The PlayStation 4 will not be getting backwards compatibility

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One of the biggest bombshells from the E3 conferences was the fact that Microsoft’s Xbox One is going to get native backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. It’s a huge deal, even if it is rather limited at the moment. Unfortunately for PlayStation fans, the same won’t be happening with the PlayStation 4.

Sony has confirmed that there are no plans for anything resembling software-driven compatibility for PlayStation 3 games. Instead, Sony will continue to remaster older games like God of War 3 for new audiences. Speaking to MCV, Sony’s European boss Jim Ryan confirmed that PlayStation has no plans to add the feature.

“It is an entirely legitimate approach, and if you are seeking to upgrade 360 owners to Xbox One, it is a very logical approach to take,” Ryan said, adding “I suspect there might be a few twists in that particular tale. But we will see”.

“Unfortunately there are just not sufficient enough software engineers in the world for everyone to do everything. Each platform holder has to make their choices, we made one and they made another. Their choice is entirely legitimate, and I think our choice is legitimate, too. In some ways it is quite nice to have points of difference between the two platforms, and people will decide which approach suits them best.”

On the nature of adding software emulation, it’s something Sony’s done before – and is unlikely to dabble with again.

“We have experience of backwards compatibility. The earliest PS3 model was backwards compatible with PS2, and it is a much requested feature… but actually it’s not so greatly used. On balance, we are happy with our approach and we don’t wish to be defensive about it at all. But as I say, both approaches are legitimate.”

The Xbox One will soon get backwards compatibility, though it’s extremely limited at the moment, with the current list of titles that work incredibly threadbare. Microsoft have asserted that they’ll be adding hundreds of titles to the list over the coming months. Let’s hope they do it better than they did the backwards compatibility for the original Xbox on the Xbox 360. Xbox 360 games that used the old Kinect will not be getting support.

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Last Updated: June 17, 2015

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