Sony is known to do a lot right with their gaming software and hardware, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given their customers everything they want. One thing many fans seem to want is backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 4, so gamers could freely play games from the other PlayStation consoles. Given recent statements from Sony’s Jim Ryan, however, it does not sound like Sony is seriously considering the possibility of adding backwards compatibility to their current console.
“When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much. That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?” — Jim Ryan, PlayStation global sales and marketing head
With Ryan’s above mindset toward the functionality, it certainly does not seem likely backwards compatibility will make an appearance on the PlayStation 4 anytime soon. There is still the ability for those interested to stream some PlayStation 3 games to their PlayStation 4 system through the PlayStation Now program, but that definitely does not cover the vast library of PlayStation games throughout the years.
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