PS4 Not Backwards Compatible

The PS4 will not be backwards compatible with either discs of games from PS2 or PS3 or with downloaded games on PS3, but might later play these games via emulation or cloud.

Shuhei Yoshida has given some very interesting insight into the upcoming PS4's capabilities regarding playing previously played games, but the clarification is a bit sobering after further confirmation from him.

While the PS4 will play previously-played games and used games, it will not be backwards compatible with prior Sony console releases.  This means that it will not play PS2 game discs or PS3 discs, but also means that the upcoming console will not play games players have downloaded on PS3 over the Playstation Network.

There is a silver lining to this.  The PS4 will be capable of playing these games via emulation. Playstation 3, for example, cannot play PS2 game discs (anymore) but can play PS2 games that are downloaded over the Playstation Store.  A similar setup for PS4 should be simple enough, and seems to be well within the stated direction for the console.

PS4 could also have the games of these 'legacy' consoles available through cloud gaming.  With all these possibilities, it's less painful knowing we won't be able to directly plug our older discs into Sony's new machine.

Published Feb. 21st 2013
  • Daniel Stevens
    I posted this earlier about the ps4 that's slightly off topic.
    One thing thats Awesome about PS4 and Xbox 3 is. They both will be x86 instruction set's this makes these new console Actual Computers! This is exciting because coding games for theses systems with port to Pc with little to no recoding and we will see of Huge Rise is Multi Console to PC games Cross overs.

    Most importantly theses game will not be scaled down for our Pc's any longer and will take full advantage of direct x11, physics and most importantly tessellation.
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    It's one of those features I put in the 'would be nice' category. Not make or break, as I would also never buy a console that I didn't think was worth it for its own games anyway, but it's a great way to vastly increase the initial value and game library.
  • GS_Mike
    I have mixed feelings about this. Being able to emulate games from the PS Store is fine, but I don't want to have to buy a game I already own just to play it on the new system.

    At the same time however, why buy a PS4 (or any new console) if you just want to play the old games anyway?

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