Sony PS4 may not have backwards compatibility

By Alan Ng - Mar 1, 2012

We have some important rumors to share with you now, and it could be cause for concern for a lot of you. We’re hearing reports that Sony’s next console will not make use of the cell processor, meaning that it could be an end for backwards compatibility with PS3 and PSN titles on the current system.

The information published by Kotaku suggests that Sony may decide to do away with the cell processor entirely, in favor of using a brand new setup rather than utilize an upgraded version of the cell processor which was obviously a possibility.

With the cell processor allegedly now out of the picture, it poses all sorts of questions such as what is going to be the replacement, and what are Sony planning to do to accommodate those who will want to play PS3 titles on the next console. This could be another piece to a separate puzzle as well which will see AMD develop graphics for the PS4, another rumor that doesn’t seem to be going away.

Developers have spoke about in the past about the difficulty of developing for the PS3 and its cell processor, so could this have been a factor in Sony’s mind to possibly remove it for the PS4? The company are obviously not going to confirm this huge rumor any time soon as they don’t speak out on speculation, but it does provide an interesting debate for those of you who want backwards compatibility on the next console as a priority. We have always enjoyed playing PS1 classics on the PS3 so we’re a fan of backwards compatibility. If this feature is removed for PS3 games on the new console, then it’s obvious that Sony will come in for a lot of criticism. However, Sony may be able to come up with some kind of emulation plan so PS3 games can still run on the PS4.

Would it be a big deal for you if you couldn’t play PS3 games on the PS4? Also, what will happen to the endless amount of PSN titles that require the cell processor to function?

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  • arch

    i dont understand why someone wants to play PS2 games on PS3?? And will never understand why someone would want to play PS3 games on PS4??? C’mon, guys! Stop looking to the past, move on – the whole new world is there.
    i dont care about backwards compatibility and want to encourage Sony to use whatever they want as long as the new games are awesome (i mean graphics on par with current PC).

    • Games are like movies just because they’re old it dosen’t mean they’re not enjoyable to watch or play anymore.

    • Roach And Rizla

      Erm, because theirs countless classics? i know i love playing games from the past because they bring back so many good memories, and i always had a laugh on them.
      These days, games are fun, don’t get me wrong, but i seriously don’t get the same enjoyment out of today’s games.
      For instance, Twisted metal black, Metal gear solids( i know there out now on ps3 but thats not the point.), Okami, GTA III, Crash wrath of cortex, heck, i still choose to play ps1 games sometimes over battlefield or uncharted.
      So yeah.. hope you understand now. 🙂

      • arch

        you are right. I do play time to time old school games as well. But for those reasons i use ps2.
        All what i’m saying is that it is silly to limit new device only to make it compatible with the last gen games. Surely CELL has had its day of glory but that time is over. New hardware and new chips are coming in on regular basis. Sony should keep ahead of competition and solemnly focus on breakthru tech. If that involves new chips and ditching compatibility then its absolutely ok with me. When i will feel nostalgic, i can power up ps3. Hope this clarifies my comment above.

  • Don’t care. Just like the Playstation and PS2 before it, I complained at first, and then my old consoles and games collected dust. For a few years, I’d pull out the old console and play them…and then realized how sweet the new games were and didn’t look back. If it really is a big deal for the few games people will fight for, they’ll put them on the PS Store as a flashback for $10-$15. Otherwise, people will just have to hold onto their old consoles to play the older games.