PS4 backwards compatibility urgency after Xbox

By Alan Ng - Sep 24, 2015

As PS4 owners look forward to the arrival of the PS4 3.0 firmware update, we can still see that the demands for PS4 backwards compatibility with PS3, PS2 and PS1 games won’t go away.

However the reality is at the moment, that PS4 backwards compatibilty isn’t coming as Sony has said that they have no plans to implement it despite the fact that Microsoft are giving it to all Xbox One owners for free.

It is now a major attraction on Xbox and we wouldn’t be surprised if Sony are now facing difficult decision behind the scenes on whether they should re-think their strategy if many owners plan to jump ship.

After all, Sony paid a lot of money with the Gaikai acquisition to offer PS3 streaming but still have to endure daily complaints on how the game rental prices are simply too expensive.


This week we have seen evidence of how fans have reacted to the news that Crash Bandicoot has been discounted as part of some special PlayStation Retro sales available on the EU PSN store.

You can pick up Crash Bandicoot 1, 2 and 3 for £2 each and we have seen many comments from fans saying that they wished that they could play this on PS4.

Although Sony previously said that they were not interested, do you think that they may be plotting to bring backwards compatibility back to the PS4 with a different service compared to PlayStation Now?


Let us remind you of an article we shared earlier this week with teased the possibility of PS4 compatibility for PS2 games, after some users were spotted playing PS2 titles within the PS4 3.0 beta.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but we have a feeling that Sony may be planning a counter-attack now that Microsoft are offering essentially the same service but for free.

What are your thoughts on this – do you agree that Sony would be wise to rethink their backwards compatibility strategy to stay competitive, or do you not need this feature at all?

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  • cd

    i damn sure am not jumping ship to the xb1 BC isnt an issue for me, im too busy playing ff on my ps4 to care about any BC emulation, and besides i would rather have HD remasters, im content with my ps4.

  • AWT42

    It would be pretty good to have full backwards compatibility on PS4 with all previous generations of PlayStation console. Sony are the ones who helped make BC so popular in the first place since PS2 could play pretty much every PS1 game no problem. There are a lot of games on those consoles still worth playing but most people only have one console at a time or never had one of the earlier consoles.

    Having to spend more money on a different console just to play one game puts people off. Sure there are people who have multiple consoles at one time and have no need for BC but they’re still a minority and don’t represent all the people who have a PS4 or an Xbox One. Maybe the PS4 is someone’s first console and they never had a PS3 in the first place. Or they might not have the kind of money where they can just go right ahead and buy another console for only two or three games.

    • Keegan Dent

      Can confirm. 20 years old and this will be my first gaming system. Really wish I could have some PS3 titles like Portal 2, Skyrim, etc.

  • Ricardo Jackson

    So I come back to this article to elaborate on someone talking about xbox. Please excuse me if you had to wait at least 8 months for major exclusives to be release….please tell me who is waiting for greatness now. Then out of the year’s end only 3 major titles are release and not talking about a remastered of an original or another spin-off to a series that makes lil to no difference. You wait all year so you can play 360 games?? With such a feature its bound to be use over playing new games in the future to a limited platform why not offer to be able to play 360 games on my windows 10 pc and i’m not talking about mirroring the image to the pc from xbox or vice versa. I swear xbox use to be a good platform when it first came out up to 360 but now it got people tripping like they’re getting this ultimate gaming experience in which they traded in for just a pure entertainment experience which has less gaming than anything. I prefer to have all three consoles but at some point I was like what system seller/experience is on xbox one that’s really unique and stands out? Halo? nah halo had its run but far from the superior shooter it is only to be trump by destiny, star wars battlefront, COD 3 this year but maybe forza since nothing really is competing with it….fable fell off but still looks gorgeous and Phil Spencer still has a big head. Let me stop before the truth hurt more people than I intended.

  • Revolver Ocelot’s alt #218

    Pos4….what a Fing joke. Frickin copy cat non innovative con artists trying to stay out of bankruptcy. Next we’ll hear they aren’t gonna buy out 3rd party deals and are focusing on 1st party exclusives like Microsoft. Invested millions an PSNow…do we think they are going to eat this investment ? If any ps2 games are ever available they’ll be added to PSnow and will have to be rented. Why anyone would want to play those is beyond me. Sony and its pos4 blow.

    • Holeybartender

      I guess you forgot that all Microsoft did last gen was buyout 3rd Party deals with the 360. Loser.

      • Revolver Ocelot’s alt #218

        Losers would be the sheep that bought pos4s…not me. Sony bought plenty 3rd party deals last Gen as well…regardless we are in this Gen now ! And Microsoft offers the best console experience available.

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        • sublimetalmsg

          You are the definition of sheep thanks for showing us the example of your kind.

        • Revolver Ocelot’s alt #218

          U mad bro ? Have fun waiting and waiting and waiting for a decent exclusive and Sony to copy cat more of Microsoft’s moves. You and the rest of the sheep.

        • sublimetalmsg

          Well I have both consoles and a PC so i wont be waiting to long . Sony was int he console market way before Microsoft so who is the copy cat again? No matter whats you say MS was not in the console market before Sony. So your argument is invalid in every way. Blood borne is a really good exclusive btw. for Xbox I’m waiting for halo but that’s it. I like how you made the sheep sound at the end does that slip out in person to person conversations often?

        • Revolver Ocelot’s alt #218

          Oh sure…of course you do. Bloodbourne again ? funny that’s all the sheep say. Hackslashers aren’t my thing especially when they run at 13 fps in coop cause pos4 blows. Funny how Halo 5 has gorgeous 4 player coop at 60fps while pos4s best coop offering is a 2 player lagfest at 13fps on selected bloodborne boss fights. Oh well to each their own.

        • sublimetalmsg

          Bloodborne isn’t a hack n slash at all. You’re one sided I can see there is no point in arguing with you. You should expand your view of all genre if you like gaming and don’t just stick to 1 system. What ground breaking exclusive does Xbox or ps4 have? none that i can see, and I cant see to many new IPs for ether console I’m fairly certain there equal with there lack of luster in the Exclusive game.

          I c you edited your post, Halo is one game i am looking foreword to but again it is not a New IP. Your nit picking a multiplayer game but didnt give me the game name what game has only 2 people? and bloodborn may dip low once in awhile Its a very nice looking game and i have not noticed a 13 fps dip happening often maybe during a battle with alot of stuff going on the screen. Thats a really poor example for a argument because xbox dips low also in a lot of games.

        • Revolver Ocelot’s alt #218

          Just in 2015 forza 6, forza horizon 2, gigantic, fable gears of war, halo 5, tomb raider all better than anything on pos4. Plenty of great smaller titles like Ori, Rare, elite dangerous. We must like different games.

        • sublimetalmsg

          Fable has been lacking since 2 for me. Forza is alright gears of war is alright i only played up until 3. a lot of these are not out yet so that’s not a good comparison Betas do not count. if i was to look into the future i could just pull a bunch of games out to Like the Next GT or uncharted 4 . I do hope fable will be good though i always enjoyed playing around with chickens lol

        • Revolver Ocelot’s alt #218

          Give me better pos4 racing and competitive shooter than forza and gears/halo. Elite dangerous is full game in preview…not beta. It releases October. Fable is the 1st Dx12 game and its gorgeous.i have been in the closed beta for months. Also played halo 5 beta…fantastic.

        • Gary

          Ok we get it you prefer the Xbox one and hate Sony in general. Whats even the point bringing up exclusive comparisons? List a betterJRPG on Xbox better than Star Ocean, Persona etc…? How many JRPG does Xbox have? Yea ur answers probably gonna be no one plays those or u hate them while addng some childish insults. Truth is there is no console better than the other and as long as there are exclusives everybody have different preferences so you’re not gonna win either way.

        • Revolver Ocelot’s alt #218

          Didnt know Bb was 3. Halo is 60 with 4.

        • Holeybartender

          I find it funny that Xbox owners are the ones who put Demon/Dark Souls games on the map,yet the moment Bloodbourne was announced for the PS4 they’ve nothing but belittle FromSoftware since.

        • sublimetalmsg

          Blood borne can have 3 players on the same team. and blood borne is not really a multiplier game =/ it just has features for coop

        • Holeybartender

          Its because of losers like you Sony had to start buying deals in the first place, thats all you Xbots boasted about was the fact the 360 had sooo many of them more than PS3. I can’t count how many times I heard,”OMG,we get to play COD maps before PS owners and blah blah blah.” Now that Sony gets them first all I hear is,”OMG Its not right that PS owners get it early and blah blah blah.” Its just pathetic to call people sheep when your just as much a sheep like everyone else. Microsoft blatantly screwed Xbox owners from day one with XB1 and STILL you think they can do no harm in your eyes,thats even more pathetic. “Best console experience”my ass. I still laugh at Microsoft for spewing on and on about how they knew what gamers wanted and all the 180s that followed.

          From day one and well before that Sony has involved players/developers in making the PS4. THAT is why the PS4 is outselling XB1 this gen.THAT is why is why 30% of Xbox owners jumped ship this gen. THAT is why PS4 gets the majority of 3rd party titles this gen. THAT is why COD tourneys chose PS4 over XB1. THAT is why there are more Indies on PS4 than XB1.

          Sony invested in their consumer’s wants this gen and it paid off for them. If I’m a sheep for investing in that,so be it.

  • Ricardo Jackson

    I thought this was debunk as fake and they mention before when PS now was announce that the PS catalog including ps3, ps2, and ps tittles would be coming eventually. We have ps3 tittles being added so it could possibly be that time for ps2 despite the fake tease.

    • Holeybartender

      You forgot PS4 games,they are coming to PSNow too. They also planned to have the option to buy the full game,but that won’t be until PSNow is fully functional. There was alot mentioned during the Q&A interviews after the reveal that noone seems to remember like the misconception that PSNow is meant to replace backwards compatibility. Another thing they said was that you won’t even have to buy a PS4 with PSNow,just a Dualshock 4 and your TV. Like I said,alot noone remembers.

      • Ricardo Jackson

        Sorry to mention that but you’re right and people say the cloud compute is future proof but in reality soon you won’t need to buy a ps system to play games just simply login to your internet capable device and play.

        • Rob Barrows

          Playstation tv dose just that. You can stream and play games off of it