PS4 backwards compatibility has been officially called wishful thinking by Sony officials. Many gamers have heard this before, though.
The Inquisitr previously reported that Microsoft had said the same thing, stating that “if you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards.” They have since changed their minds, and now the Xbox One can play Xbox 360 games natively, as opposed to the previously assumed Cloud assist.
The PlayStation 4 is only beginning to see exclusive titles that gamers feel they must play, having previously had only high definition upgrades to PS3 titles and other games that could also be played on the Xbox One. With the absence of a majority of hit PS3 games, it seems Sony may be close to giving Microsoft its lead in the PS4 vs Xbox One console wars.
Being able to play the entire Batman: Arkham, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, or Far Cry libraries on the PlayStation 4 could easily boost sales of the console once more. Recent entries from those franchises have been less than well accepted, but that could simply be gamers demanding more. While the latest titles from the above franchises were good, they mostly delivered a disappointing or controversial current generation exclusive to start with.
This is where PS4 backwards compatibility could turn things around and give Microsoft a reason to continue delivering quality titles. While most gamers just want more new titles to test their skills on, others are content to replay older games that they know to be fun. It’s less expensive.
Sony’s decision to keep the PlayStation 4 incompatible with the PS3 library may actually be keeping many last-gen gamers from upgrading until there are enough current generation exclusives to lure them.
There is hope though, as after the Xbox One was made backwards compatible, Sony only says they have “no plans” to do the same. While PS4 backwards compatibility is not currently a priority, Sony head Shuhei Yoshida says that high definition remastering of older games could combat the problem.
“I totally understand people asking for it, and if it was easy, we’d have done that, but our focus is creating PS4 games and adding new services. Remaking games on PS4 makes the games even better – with The Last Of Us, you can play at 60 frames per second, and the same goes for Dark Souls 2. Actually, I just finished Dark Souls 2 again on PS4.”
Do you want HD remakes of all of your favorite PS3 titles, or will you settle for nothing less than backwards compatibility on PS4?