PS4 backwards compatibility with software update

So now after Microsoft’s ground breaking announcement of backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, attention has naturally shifted to Sony and whether there are now renewed plans to bring PS4 backwards compatibility to gamers.

This was definitely a surprise to us, albeit a very pleasant one. Simply due to the fact that in 2013, Microsoft categorically said that backwards compatibility was not possible on the system – let alone disc-based.

Now it is happening this Holiday season though, so how has Microsoft managed to do it with a simple software update? More importantly, does that imply that the PS4 hardware can also support PS3 discs with a software update – if Sony really wants to?


The big road block of course, is that Sony has already signed off on a deal with Gaikai to bring backwards compatibility to gamers via streamed digital titles with PlayStation Now.

This in itself may now raise a few new concerns, since Microsoft are bringing backwards compatibility to the Xbox One for free which is massive. Gamers can simply insert their old Xbox 360 discs, download a compatibility update and start playing.


Sony on the other hand have already come in for criticism on their PlayStation Now prices, so this announcement by Microsoft is definitely going to put some pressure on Sony in this regard and make them think twice on whether they’ve made the right move.

Importance of backwards compatibility on PS4/XB1 – Each gamer will put a different level of importance on being able to play last generation games, especially if they still own a large collection of PS3 or Xbox 360 games at home. This could be a decider for those that haven’t jumped onboard the new generation of consoles, also it could even change everything in monthly hardware sales.

Should Sony revise their deal with Gaikai and enable PS4 backwards compatibility with PS3 discs, or does the hardware really stop this from being possible?

Give us your thoughts on this PS4 owners and what you think should happen.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Christopher Walker
Christopher Walker

well i will say Playstation Now, even after the price change, is still the worst idea Sony has ever come up with. It would be simple for them to add emulation software as well, I mean if i can get the emulator ePSXe on my PC and pop an old PS1 disc INTO MY PC and play it, Sony should be able to do the same just as easily especially with PS1 games. There are even emulators that play PS2 games, not very smoothly even with the best GPUs but its the thought that counts here, if a PC can… Read more »


Click bait lol, Trying to get people mad at Sony is pretty lame without printing the actual truth. At least print the truth, you are a columnist after all. You think MS are giving limited backwards compatibility away for free. Too funny. MS from day one said it wasn’t possible and 2 years later, oh my, look at this, its BW compatibility on the One. Now the truth. The truth is that pretty much everybody that has bought a one has sold or traded their 360 and games with it. MS knows this and they are smiling as they know… Read more »

Nettrick Nowan
Nettrick Nowan

Your title seems to be stating a fact, not posing a question.

No one else here sees a problem with that title as it stands now?


I was going to buy a PS4 this week. But I’m wondering now if that is the smartest decision…


I don’t see why PS Now and backwards compatibility can’t coexists…PS3 works with Now and it obviously plays PS3 games.
I just wonder what else MS has lied about:
Xbox One cannot work without Kinect. They remove Kinect when it hinders sales.
Xbox One bc is impossible. They add bc.

Alex Nicolas
Alex Nicolas

There’s absolutely no reason why the PS4 couldn’t run PS3 games, apart from greed. PlayStation are now the only system not offering backwards compatability, quite glaring.


It’s probably not as possible as Xbox since the architecture of the ps3 and ps4 is so different, whereas the Xbox 360 and Xbox one are more similar

Dr vIQtor
Dr vIQtor

Let the time of Greed end, the era of gaming prosperity shall begin!

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