Sony says no to PS4 backwards compatibility

By Alan Ng - Jun 18, 2015

All the talk right now, is on whether Sony can really enable PS4 backwards compatibility with PS3 discs if the hardware allows it.

We’ve seen that Microsoft has now enabled it magically, two years after initially saying that it wasn’t possible. Sony currently charges for backwards compatibility with PlayStation Now and we can see that fans are wondering whether Sony will make a decision similar to Microsoft’s in the future.

We can tell you that the odds on this look slim to none. Sony Europe boss Jim Ryan has already come out and basically confirmed that PS4 backwards compatibility won’t be happening.

In a recent interview with MCV, Ryan had this to say on Microsoft’s announcement:


“We are just taking a different path. To the extent that you are investing in software technology – which is what this is, it’s delivered through software not through hardware – we are trying to commit our resources and put our emphasis on delivering on the promises we made right at the start of this whole PS4 thing, to be the forward-looking, socially-connected console. We are placing our bets on things like SharePlay, on things like Play as you Download, and things like Suspend/Resume.”

Ryan went on to say that Sony has made their choice, while Microsoft has made theirs. In reality, it is going to be very difficult for Sony to just end their PlayStation Now service, which was made possible thanks to the acquisition of Gaikai – that’s a lot of money down the drain right there.

So as sad as it may seem, it looks like there won’t be a similar change coming to the PS4 anytime soon. If you want to enjoy backwards compatibility for free on next-gen, Microsoft is the only one that’s going to make that happen.

What are your thoughts about this – are you frustrated over the situation, or happy with PlayStation Now moving forward?

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