Backwards compatibility is a big factor in a console’s success. PlayStation 2 could play all PlayStation games, and PlayStation 3 had options for both past consoles at some point or another. We’ve just learned that because of the setup of the PlayStation 4’s innards, Sony has opted not to allow the console to play games from their brand’s older consoles.

As an alternative to loading older discs, Sony has decided to offer a cloud-based game streaming service that allows PlayStation 4 owners to stream games from older console generations to their new system and play online. While this is a great option for players to have, making it the only available option cuts off dozens of users whose internet is either too unstable or too slow to support this kind of streaming. Hopefully in the coming months, they reveal an alternative way to play older games, such as the PlayStation Classics section of PSN. Until then, cloud-based game streaming is the only service we can be sure of.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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