PS4 Backwards Compatibility

While backwards compatibility has been available in some shape or form as far back as the Atari 7600, it wasn't a feature gamers expected to find on their consoles; it was a bonus when it appeared but hardly mandatory. The PlayStation 2 changed that by being fully compatible with the entire PlayStation library barring a handful of games. We saw this trend continue with the Wii and, to an extent, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as enabling your system to be backwards compatible provided a large selection of games for your new console and encouraged developers to keep creating software for the previous hardware version. With the PlayStation 4, rumors swirled over whether or not Sony would provide backwards compatibility to past PlayStation consoles and now that the console is officially announced, we have our answer.

Disc-Based Compatibility
Sadly, Sony announced at the February 2013 unveiling of the PlayStation 4 that the console would not be compatible with any past PlayStation 1, 2 or 3 disc-based games. While this came as a shock, Sony does have a good reason for what some gamers are calling a huge mistake. The combination of the unique architecture of past PlayStation hardware releases, such as the Emotion Engine or the Cell Processor, and the fact that Sony is using “off the shelf” parts with the PlayStation 4 means that by default, the PlayStation 4 cannot play past PlayStation games properly. To natively play these games, Sony would have to add the older technology into the PlayStation 4, either compromising some of the features already present or raising the cost or the system. While gamers may lament the fact that backwards compatibility is not a part of the PlayStation 4, would you pay extra for it? Would you sacrifice some of the PlayStation 4 hardware in exchange for the ability to play past games?

The trade-off is for the best, as it's important for Sony to focus on the future rather than be shackled to the past. As you'll read later, this doesn't necessarily mean the PlayStation 4 may never be backwards compatible as Sony has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Downloadable Game and Content Compatibility
Disc-based games are only one part of the type of content the PlayStation 3 has received, with downloadable content, such as new levels, characters and stages and even full games being available for download via the PlayStation Store. However, none of this content will be available on the PlayStation 4 for the same reasons disc-based games are not compatible either. For many gamers, this has been a tougher pill to swallow. You'll always be able to play your disc-based PlayStation 3 games provided you have a working PS3, but what will happen to the digital content once Sony shuts off the servers? It costs money to host this content and it's not feasible to believe that Sony will host this content forever. Will these digital-only games be lost to the sands of time? Many of this content cost money as well, money that will most likely not be refunded should Sony remove the access to the games you paid for.

PS4 and PS3 Backwards CompatibilitySony has begun to address this issue since the launch of the PS4 by bringing certain digital games to the new platform. These titles include FlOw, Flower, Escape Plan, and Sound Shapes. In addition, many digital titles that have been released since the launch of the PS4 have been "cross-buy". This means that if you bought the game on the Vita or the PS3, you already own it on the PS4 and you can download the superior version without paying for it again. The same goes for the above mentioned titles and many other releases such as Tiny Brains, and SteamWorld Dig. As time goes on, we will most likely see more and more titles like these make the jump to PS4 with improvements and zero cost for those of us who already purchased them, or wish to play them on multiple Sony gaming systems.

The Upcoming release of PlayStation Now
As mentioned earlier, just because the PlayStation 4 doesn't ship with compatibility doesn't mean that it may never appear in the future. Sony has mentioned two routes they are looking into: emulation and streaming.

We've already seen PlayStation 2 games emulated on PlayStation 3 hardware, with games such as Bully and Grand Theft Auto III being released digitally for the system with other games like Metal Gear Solid 3 being released in disc form. With this approach, it's up to the developer and publisher to take the time to make their back catalog available for the PlayStation 4; while we'll see some games emulated, it will only be a fraction of the total library. Emulation may also present new glitches or bugs not present in the original release as well.

The option that Sony has confirmed to be going with is streaming, as mentioned at E3 2013. Confirmed at the beginning of this year, Sony announced a program called PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now is going to be a service available to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, Smart TV, Smartphone, and Tablet owners. The service acts a lot like Netflix, which pioneered home streaming for movies.

PS4 Backwards CompatibilityWith PlayStation Now, you'll be able to instantly access titles across the aforementioned devices simply by logging into your PSN account. All of your saves will go with your, regardless of what devices you play on. The content will come straight to you via Cloud technology so you won't need to wait for it to download. It will be like watching a movie, only you're in control! This is the product of the Gaikai streaming technology that Sony purchased last year, and it's looking to be a great alternative to traditional backwards compatibility.

The first game available to stream on the service will be Naughty Dog's smash hit of 2013, The Last of Us. Beyond: Two Souls has also been named. The catalog will feature PS3 hits to start from what has been announced and will first be available on PS3 and PS4, with support for Vita and other devices coming soon there after. Pricing and subscription models have not been detailed, but it has been said that two options will be available. One is a subscription with all access to the games, while the other would offer a more À la carte option of renting the games on a single purchase basis.

Regardless of how they handle it, this service shows that Sony is not willing to let the timeless experiences of PlayStation 3 to fade into the folds of time. With PlayStation Now, we will have the capacity to relive those experiences not only on our PS4, but on most other devices we own. That alone sounds like a good deal to me.

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/22/2013

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PC's have no problems with backwards compatibility ;-)

PC's have no problems with backwards compatibility. I think Sony should design a casing for a system that would be upgradable. Instead of buying a new system really future proof the console seen. Design it so that every piece of hardware, drives etc can be changed out with current technology. Developers for games will have it easier. Instead of purchasing new consoles consumers will just purchase upgrades. Gives the consumer the option of what upgrades it can have. In a way it would be making it more like a PC but consoles are running out of tricks. On top of that. Allow the console to play PC games. WOW anyone? The Ps4 will have BC with PS3 because consumers still use it. In a few years though expect the ps4 to drop BC as people have had a few years with it and less people will play ps3. Yes this could make the initial cost of the hybrid console high, as gaming pc's aren't cheap, but it would be a future proof system that could last 20 years. A playstation hybrid console and pc machine is what I hope for. Think of it. A console that is really a PC but maintains the strength of a console. It would be the ultimate computer entertainment system.

PC's have no problems with backwards compatibility ;-)

PC's have no problems with backwards compatibility. I think Sony should design a casing for a system that would be upgradable. Instead of buying a new system really future proof the console seen. Design it so that every piece of hardware, drives etc can be changed out with current technology. Developers for games will have it easier. Instead of purchasing new consoles consumers will just purchase upgrades. Gives the consumer the option of what upgrades it can have. In a way it would be making it more like a PC but consoles are running out of tricks. On top of that. Allow the console to play PC games. WOW anyone? The Ps4 will have BC with PS3 because consumers still use it. In a few years though expect the ps4 to drop BC as people have had a few years with it and less people will play ps3. Yes this could make the initial cost of the hybrid console high, as gaming pc's aren't cheap, but it would be a future proof system that could last 20 years. A playstation hybrid console and pc machine is what I hope for. Think of it. A console that is really a PC but maintains the strength of a console. It would be the ultimate computer entertainment system.

Backwards compatibility would add an extra unjust cost...

I can understand the appeal of the new PS4 being able to play PS3 games, but obviously all PS3 game owners already own a PS3 anyway. But I can see why it would be important and if they did release 2 different models, one BC with PS3 and one not, I personally would probably get the one thats BC with PS3, even though I still have my old fat 80GB PS3 that still works in top order. However I dont think it would justify the extra cost to make it BC for PS1/PS2 games and heres why. The games themselves are so old that it would only appeal to hardcore Playstation fans and collectors, and not the general masses. Which I find nothing wrong with, and I will tell you all how I got around it after losing my PS2, emulators! If you have a decent pc you can run a PS1 and PS2 emulator no problem, and even continue to use your PS3 controller as a gamepad. And Im not even talking about the "backup ISOs" people download, because you can still run your original discs with these emulators. To keep everything nice and legal. I am personally a fan of pc emulation. Its a great way to keep wear and tear off your classic equipment such as NES, Genesis, ect. Plus you get the full experience playing on your big screen and surround sound. For instance an NES alone dont work well with the new HDTVS, however hook your pc to your tv and surround sound system, no problems. I think its great theres people who want to keep the old spirit alive, but I dont think the masses should have to pay 100 or 200 more for features that most will never use. Keep the cost low, focus on PS4 hardware and software more then 15+ year old hardware, and for those fans, get a PS2 emulator and the motionjoy driver to use your PS3 controller on your PC, hook it up to your TV and continue to enjoy your classic games. I keep a specific controller just for my laptop and have a spot next to my PS3 and surround sound to keep it while playing classic games.

My PS3 is dying

My Ps3 has the yellow light. I still want to play my PS3 games but that would mean I need to buy a PS3 and a PS4 if I still wanted to play my ps3 games, which is just stupid. Systems break down, and I don't want 4 systems laying around in case I want to pop in Crash Team Racing. You need a fairly beastly computer to emulate Gamecube/PS2 games correctly.

repair? cost almost same

repair? cost almost same price get a new one today.. Unless you know how to repair ur self.

I used this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Ic1_TY-GU I used this video to repair my PS3 (it's warranty was already voided when I got the console). I don't know which version you have, but this works on the fat models. All you need is a heat gun, heat sink paste,and a wide selection of screwdriver heads - it cost me about $50-60 to do, and I can keep repairing it over and over if needed. If your motherboard is dead, it's a $75-100 replacement, but cheaper than a new console.

It doesn't cost the same, I

It doesn't cost the same, I got my yellow light fixed for 70 dollars. But then again I got it repaired by a local electronics shop.

Who wants 4 systems laying around?!

MY PS3 is on it's last life, as it has recently yellow lighted. So here's how I see it. When my ps3 dies, what system am I going to want to buy? Well, the Ps4 is brand new and cool, so probably that one... But wait, if it can't play all my ps3 games I'm going to need to buy 2 new systems which I won't do. Why the heck would I want 4 consoles to play all my previous playstation games. I still play PS1 games and PS2 games, and I'm sure I will still want to play some of my PS3 games if I get a PS4. Doesn't sony realize people might actually buy games for their old systems still??? If you only have a ps4 w/o BC, you won't buy those games. Of course, this might be part of their plan to make everything digital so you have to buy it AGAIN through the PSN in order to play it. Possibly a money making plan for them. Anyways, I like BC and I hope they include it. At least make it BC for the previous system.

Options

I agree with 2 or maybe 3 models. Option 1 will be BC all the way to ps1, option 2 will be BC with ps3 and option 3 will have no BC. Some of the people buying new game systems are not old enough to have enjoyed the ps1 era so thay might go for option 2 or 3. The Older people like my self that still has a large collection of ps1 and ps2 games, and still plays them. would go for the first option. that way every one is happy, kind of.

Need Backwards Compatibility:

even though i still have all my sony consoles in working order, the new PS4 should at the very least be able to play PSN games and PS3 games. regardless im going to hold off buying it at the launch if it ends up the same way as the PS3 release 40gb, 80gb, 120gb, 160gb, 500gb and 12gb with the option to get an external hardrive.

Playstation 2 is Legendary

Playstation 2 was the last great Sony console, why? It played all PS1 games and could use PS1 controllers, memory cards, fighting sticks and such to play ps1 and 2 games on it. THERE IS NO OTHER SYSTEM that let you use controllers and hardware from an older generation for a new generation. The PS4 should at least let you use Dual-Shock 3's and play PS2 games. Over 1800 games on PS2, and as a machine, you should make it compatible with the entire playstation history.

Wii could...

The Wii had ports for GameCube controllers and memory cards... So no, the PS2 wasn't the only one. And the original PS3's could play all PS1 and 2 games, and didn't NEED the old controllers. They're all nearly the same, anyways. You could set HD space aside for new "internal memory cards", or you could get an adapter for the old memory cards. I don't see why backwards compatibility makes the console the best one ever...

Comparisons

The only problem I had with the Wii was how little hard drive space there was to save my games on compared to the PS3. In order to buy the games I wanted online I had to buy a memory card where with the PS3 I didn't which was one of the benefits that made PS3 better than PS2 and PSone as well as the plus of having back up memory cards and being able to hook up to a computer, and external hard drive which the Wii also allows for but the benefits of PS3 far outweigh a lot of the benefits of the Wii the only reason I own the Wii is because I love Nintendo and always will have a fondness for classic Nintendo games and because of the Wii Fit Balance Board.

Comparisons

The only problem I had with the Wii was how little hard drive space there was to save my games on compared to the PS3. In order to buy the games I wanted online I had to buy a memory card where with the PS3 I didn't which was one of the benefits that made PS3 better than PS2 and PSone as well as the plus of having back up memory cards and being able to hook up to a computer, and external hard drive which the Wii also allows for but the benefits of PS3 far outweigh a lot of the benefits of the Wii the only reason I own the Wii is because I love Nintendo and always will have a fondness for classic Nintendo games and because of the Wii Fit Balance Board.

It is compatible

PS3 played PSone games and adapters you could buy would allow you to use controllers that had memory cards and fighting sticks and game pads for both the PS2 and PSone and also the PS3 also had a variety of other types of memory cards you could buy to save games on. It was compatible with everything and you could play the PSP from a distance and hook up Blutooth and play bluray discs and dvds and cds and your ipod mp3 player ipad electronic picture frames and hook up your phone and I can hook up my kindle fire to it. GameFly and Netflix and other streaming things I pay for work with my PS3 and I love it.

ps2

AGREED!!! I SOLD ALOT OF PS2 GAMES TO GAME STOP ONLY TO BE RIPPED OFF! So I have kept the rest of the ones that I have, which still comes to at least 200. Now I'm going to have to end up trying to sell them on ebay, THANKS TO SONY!!!!

I think bc helps sales on launch

most consoles have very few games available when launched so I think its in their benefit to at least make it BC for at least the first year kind of like they did with the ps3 that way after you beat the one or two games you bought with the new system you will still be able to at least play it while waiting for game developers to catch up with the console I wouldn't have paid the 600 bucks for my ps3 if it didn't play ps2 games also it is also a selling point for kids to get their parents to fork out the dough for a new system when they say that they don't want to waste all the money they spent on the ps3 games and I think a lot of people will hold off on buying one if its not BC for at least six months to a year until there is a few games available that they like and by then the prices might be down from the launch price

It also plays PSone games

It also plays PSone games that's why I spent so much on it when it first came out.

Doesnt really matter

I understand the frustrations of the many gamers who have purchased their games and would like to continue playing. The thing is from a business standpoint i dont believe they care. I know im going to purchase the ps4 regardless, but the ones that say they wont buy it because of the lack of BC will not affect sales. Sure your business would help but like any other company its all about the new customers. But like i said i will still purchase the ps4 even though i have my ps1-ps3. Hey thats what a true collector does.

Does really matter

In your comment you stated "its all about the new customers" my experience in business is Yes it's great to have new customers but its the repeat customers that keep your business going.XD

I will still keep my PS3.

I have a lot of games that I don't want to get rid of. If PS4 is not backwards com then I'll just wait to buy one when I have an extra $400 lying around and no bills to pay. I'm happy with my PS3 for now.

Potential lag?

I would also keep my ps3 because I don't know how much lag the 4 to 3 compatibility layer will cause. Anyone else play 1 on 2 and not 1 on 3 for exactly this reason? You know what I'm talking about.

backwards compatiblity

I will not buy or let my son buy a ps4 thats does not play his ps3 games. It is a true waste of money for the games already bought. I would buy a ps4 that does play ps3 games. He will need his system replaced soon what will sony have me buy to replace it? A new ps4 or a ps3?

Backwards Compatibility Emulation App!!

I think that if they have the capability to build software emulation that allows backwards compatibility, they should do it. However, I understand that not everyone has a library of PS1 and PS2 games that they want to replay. I would suggest PS3 compatibility out of the box for sure... beyond that why not make a purchasable app on the PS Store? I for one would pay $50 for an app that would allow me to play my Playstation 1 & 2 games on my PS4. Why does it have to be built in or not built in? Especially when other people create emulators on PCs.... just create an app that I can download. That way you keep the initial cost down, and allow people to add BC if they choose... for a price.

Backwards Compatibility into PS4 is a must

I still have my PS2 because the PS3 I have doesn't play the PS2 games. How about Star Wars Battlefront II for the PS2. One of the best games on the PS2 and I can't play it on my PS3. That is stupid. Sony needs to make the PS4 backwards compatible not just to the PS3 or back to the PS2 but backwards compatible. Also, I have a Wii (with Wii games and game cube games). Nintendo was smart to do this. So should Sony. If they are not going to do this, then they need to redo a number of the best games and release them on the PS4. Not as a download but on a disc. Nintendo made Super Mario All stars (Mario 1-3 and lost levels). One of my favorite games. The did this on the gamecube as well (Zelda collection of 4 games). Sony should learn. Remake the popular games for the PS4. How many people would buy Star wars battlefront (1 and 2) for the PS4 (for example)? I would.

Backward Compatibility and PSHome.

uh well, I have played tons of PS2 games and PS1 as well. Seems like some diehard fans cant let go.. I have stashed the ps2 somewhere. I do have enough Ps3 ones to finish yet. only concern I have is uh PLEASE DON'T HAVE GAMES THAT ARE ONLY CAPABLE OF PS4 GAMING!! Sure kids might eat it up... but hello,we have an economic crisis on our hands. So gaming is secondary to many people.Really. The older generation who love PSN and Home probably would not bother with a PS4 if it was not backwards compatible with PS3 games at least. I am sick of PS2 already and really can't dig it out just to play old games no mater how much I loved them or how hard it was to finish everything on difficult. We do have Wii. Right now it isn't being used but it can easily be dragged out. I like the PS Move as well. It.s great. I did expect them to dump the PS4 on us sooner or later, but if you take backwards compatibility with PS3.I know you'll have less chance of success. Not all Sony products I own, and there are too many to count, are great! I do like Sony, however do think of the common people and not just the kids using their allowance money or hard earned bucks. PSHome is also very important to many who have invested heavily. Don't be sneaks and somehow screw around with that. That is all I ask. AAAnd to release some PS3 games we all have been waiting for!!! Tomb Raider for one. I am not getting another console just to play or 2 games. Been there, done that.. so uh yeah the bottom line is very important to companies but at the very least, make PS4 consoles backwards compatible. I don"t even want to think further than that even though I have seen the equation for obsolescence of new tech. hah. Well that's all and I hope future ones have more capability to play older games at least PS3. PS5 and 6 indeed. they better have holograms. We/re not all made of money and the screw up May 2011 still owes people some accounts, I do believe. Really. Time to listen, Soneeee!!! I never got an old account back.. bad way to use ID's for accounts! Defunct e mail addresses. Hmm and disappearing prizes.Oh come on!! I know some people live there as an escape. So it would be a baad idea to mess up there!

P**s Take

Having bought the PS3 as my first ever console I was hugely impressed and loved games like Dragon Age and Skyrim. But it's an absolute huge p**s take by Sony not to allow backwards compatibility for the PS4. I don't want 2 or more gaming consoles next to my TV, I want ONE. I suppose I can't blame them too much. They want a complete change over to soak as much cash from us all as possible, but it is going to alienate customers. I think I may just move back to my PC and buy games for it and not bother with consoles any more. Padster

Backwards Compatibility

No two tier price system. Make them all BC! It's bad enough how they rip us of with hard drive size. At the current cost of electronics at a large whole sale price to Sony there is no way they're not already making a good profit of the $600 price. How would Sony price it $100-$200-$300-$400+ more for a BC system? Where would they feel their break even point is. Say the average user has 5 games $50 a piece Sony would Think $200 is good. If it cost them as much as $40 to make it BC I'd be shocked. As far as reconditioned sometimes it's a great deal and other times not. I've seen factory recondition electronics sometimes costing more than you can by it new on sale some where. Typical add, something like 30% factory recon's. The catch is 30% off Manufactures list price not retail. So you have to be careful. Some manufactures have sales on their recons. Polk Audio for example $500 6 peace spk system retail. I paid $280 for that 6 and up grade to 8 piece set. My receiver was $999 list, $950 retail sale $850. Recon was $769 and to me that was to close to not buy new. So the way Sony price fixes I wouldn't expect any good deals on their recons.

If the PS4 ran PS2 games and

If the PS4 ran PS2 games and PS3 games I WOULD BE SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!! Please Sony, you can do it! I dont have many PS1 games in my collection so i dont really care for PS1 games except for GTA 2. But if they can afford PSOne games, why not? But in my oppinion PS3 and 2 are most important i have over 50 PS2 games in my collection, 15 PSOne games, and 3 PS3 games Uncharted 3 drakes deception game of the year edition, need for speed most wanted 2012, and dust 514. Uncharted 3 is the only physical ps3 game i have. but i plan to get gta 4 and a few other games by disc the are on ps3 so ps4 better support every game in the Playstation series because if it doesn't i would get so mad!

PS1 and PS2 Please

I honestly don't like PS3. I would be sooooo happy with just PS and PS2. PS1 games could be running on PS4 no problem at all. PS2 I don't know. Maybe 10 minutes ago I saw a different comment on this that told about a possible app on the ps4 that could be used to run PS1 and PS2 games once bought. I thought that was a fantastic idea. That could keep the price of the system down and it could still have BC.

Sony wont do any more BC , just watch!

The first ps3's (fat's) all had full bc on them. The statement in this article about only only select few were lucky enough to have it is flat wrong. I still have mine and I'd still be playing on it if sony had not released that nasty patch which borked my ps3 fat and made it start yellow lighting on me. Had to get it fixed but that's only temporary. Eventually will break down unless a permanent & expensive fix is done on it. Never had a problem with it before that damned patch! Sorry to rain on allot of you ps3 owners happy dance about the ps4 but I really don't expect sony to have ANY bc at all on it. That's just how they do business now (squeeze their customers as much as they can) and also why they have been trying to get as many ps4 ready games out ASAP. They know you all will buy up their ps4's by the truckload no matter how many attractive options they take away from it. Plus the ps3's were notoriously hard to work with for dev's and it remains to be seen if the ps4 architecture will be easier to deal with for programmers than the ps3 was. I doubt it because, if it was, it would be one of their major talking points in the ad campaign they got going right now. If Microsoft is smart enough to add full bc on their new xbox systems then I guarantee MS will blow Sony out of the water and demolish ps4 sales in no time flat! Hell, I'm a life long PS owner but I'll buy the new xbox system instead of the ps4 in a heart beat if they do implement full bc on it.

agreeded!

Completely agree with what you said. The only con is that I like the ps3 controller more than the xbox. Knifing in COD is so much easier on ps3 joysticks!

i may be wrong

correct me if i'm wrong but can't you get adapters for that on the internet? third party hardware.

Please Sony

Make the PS4 backwards compatible.

It wont have any BC....

It was confirmed at the press conference. They said no BC, with Gaikai tech they will be working on making it possible to Stream PS3 games from the store EVENTUALLY. Digital distribution is too lucrative to allow BC...

hell yea

make it backwards compatible !

GTA 5 on PS4?

I owned a ps2 and only played gta San Andreas. I never upgraded to a ps3 to get gta4 and am now really wanting to get the ps4. The problem is that it is very likely gta5 is only being realeased on ps3 so I have no idea what to do. I would be a fool to spend money on the old system just to play one game but I can't play it on the new system either. I really wish they would at least make these last few new ps3 games compatible with the ps4. Does anyone have any info on what I can do about this? I am obviously not a hardcore gamer :) KC

no compatibility -- no purchase of PS4

We were very aggravated that our second PS3 couldn't play our PS2 games. Then what a coincidence, the Playstation Network started selling PS2 classic titles for the PS3. If I can't play my PS3 games on the PS4, I am not getting a PS4. End of story.

you say that now

Do you realize most consoles since their inception in the early 80's have very rarely allowed for backwards compatibility. Examples Nintendo - Super Nintendo Sega Genesis -> Sega Saturn Nintendo 64 -> Nintendo Gamecube Playstation 2 -> Playstation 3(later consoles). I could go on but I wont, so in closing just suck it up and by the new console.

I think you are way off

You are a bit off there. starting with the original NES. There was an adaptor you could use to play gameboy games so that offered backward compatilbilty. You could also get an adaptor with the gamecube to play gameboy color games. plus i think the big thing you are leaving out is the fact they canged device styles during that time. example how do expect the N64 and gamecube to be backwards compatable when one is with a cartridge and one is mini dics? playstation has been running the same typ of hardware just with upgrades. The playstion plays cd roms. playstation 2 could play dvd and ps3 to blu and i could go on. so with nintendo it was mostly trying new harware while with sony is more or less about greed.

blu-ray

From what I heard about when the new ps3 models came out with blu-ray players. Blu-Ray, the company had sony sign an agreement to play only blu-ray dvd's. The hardware in the early ps3 and the later models are basically the same. If sony didn't agree to having blu-ray then microsoft would've been in sonys position.

Huh?

Sony owns Blu-Ray. Thats why Microsoft bit its nose to spite its face and will probably do it again. I'm hoping for BC, I've got almost 100 games and counting and would hate to lose them when PS3 support ends.

new stuff

New generation dude

uh no

i will not suck it up. you wanna be a drone fine but take your own advice when you hear a different opinion. im not buying it till I see some BC

Backwards compatibility different than ppl are used to

The hardware isn't in the console for BC.... no Cell processor for PS3 playability. However, they are working on a streaming system, Gaikai was it, that would allow for the playing of older games on the new system. What I would like is that Sony would allow you to play titles you already currently own. But allowing them to stream is fine by me. I can't honestly say what older games I would play but hey, that is why I am keeping my older equipment. My Gen 1 PS3 still works fine... so i still have the BC to some extent..

I will still buy

I will be geting the PS4 whether it has BC or not, if it does then great, if not then great. Someone else already said it how many consoles have ever been made that truly support BC? PS2, Early PS3 ( wich I still have ), Wii, and wii-u ( idk about X-Box as I dont have one nor care to ever have one )

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