Is the PlayStation 4 backwards compatible?

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The PlayStation 4 will not be natively backwards compatible with any previous PlayStation console or title including digital purchases. The hardware inside the PlayStation 4 is vastly different from the PS3 and in its current form, the PS4 cannot play any games from past Sony systems. Sony is currently developing a few workarounds, including the Gaikai cloud-based streaming service as well as the possibility of emulating past titles.

The cloud-gaming company Gaikai was purchased by Sony in July 2012. When the new PlayStation Network launches, the assumption is that Gaikai will be used to render older PlayStation titles and stream them onto your PS4 console.

More information on backwards compatibility can be found here:
http://www.ps4playstation4.com/PS4-Backwards-Compatability

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Use your problem solving skills

I hear lots of people complaining about this, as well as a few people above. Maybe, instead of displaying your boldness and courage by buying an xbox (tons of sarcasm, since many of you probably won't be able to grasp complicated concepts), use this simple solution. A life hack for those of you who like that kind of stuff. After buying your ps4, if you want to play ps3 games, put the ps3 games in your ps3! Wow! Simple and easy, right? "But mister, what if I want to sell mine to buy a ps4?" A ps3 trade in will be worth at most $150, so maybe get a job for a week or two. Sorry, I know work is awfully tough. Though it is more understandable if your ps3 is broken or something, so I'm not judging all of you. So please, stop complaining. Don't pout and threaten to switch to xbox. Nobody cares. And anyways, why pollute a brand new system so full of power with previous generation stuff? Stop complaining and be grateful.

I agree man! I kept my PS3,

I agree man! I kept my PS3, when I got my PS4.

Enough is Enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I use to be a serious gamer, although, after buying the PS Vita, I don't think I'll be forking over that kind of money again. For some reason Sony keeps churning out consoles, like all of the different PSP's, that small PSP look alike, and last was the PS Vita. I bought all of them. The messed up thing is they keep pumping them out but then they just drop them and don't put out any games for there new consoles. The Vita cost as much as a PS 3 but it been a full year and they barely have any games for it. Now all of a sudden they are popping out another console. They need to pump their breaks and put out some new titles for the Vita, unless they now plan on dropping the Vita as well.
I hate the X-Box but if they come out with a hand held game I'll sale all of my PlayStation games. Enough is enough!!!!!!

your going to be able to play

your going to be able to play your ps4 games directly from your psvita so pretty much you dont need new vita games. you need a ps4.

WAT ABOUT MY PS3 GAMES DO I JUST TROUGH THEM ASIDE

NOW WHEN I GO OUT ANT BUY PS4 DO I JUST STOP PLAYING MY PS3 GAMES THATS A WASTE OF MONEY WAS THINKING OF GETTING A PS4 HOPING I COULD POP IN MY PS3 GEAMES NOW AND THEM GUESS I JUST STAY WITH PS3. COME ON SONY I KNOW U CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT

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In ps4 you can play with ALL the PS games, so even from PS1 and PS2

you are an IDIOT

YOU CAN NOT PLAY ANY PS 1,2 or 3 games on a PS4 you inbreed, check your facts before posting you MUPPPET

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Can you or not play ps3 games on a ps4

You can not until the Gakai

You can not until the Gakai is release then you can play PS3 games on the PS4 and from what I know the PS3 games will be digital since Gakai is a cloud base

Sad for Sony

i cant believe sony wouldnt promote backwards compatibility of atleast the PS3 games.i was waiting for the new 4 to come out with hopes they have corrected all the problems with the PS3.I guess its time to go Xbox.

Please don't buy it, so I can

Doesn't matter, there will always be people who stay with the current product. Even if it could play all previous games. Not ppor planning at all. The less people that want it the more chances I can get one :)

Why would I go and buy this

Why would I go and buy this system when I can't play the ps3 games I have on it? My daughter accidentally broke my ps3 disk drive (can't put any disks in the system) last year and just now got the money to get a new one. All I can say is that this is poor planning on Sony to now have a new system out that will at least play ps3 games. I highly doubt that I will buy one.

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