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.

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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?

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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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Also See: PS4 5.50 update notes for March 8