Sony: Nixing Backwards Compatibility For PS4 A Tough Decision
Many gamers had hoped to see backwards compatibility return in the PlayStation 4. And while the new system doesn't include that feature, Sony admits it was a difficult decision.
Users will be able to play older PlayStation games via the new Gaikai streaming service, but they won't be able to put actual PS3 discs into the PS4. That won't work, unfortunately.
But Sony system architect Mark Cerny explained to Japanese publication AV Watch (as summarized in the NeoGAF forums) that their focus was on simplifying the development process. This was why they switched to the x86 architecture and decided to drop the Cell that is found in the PS3; the x86 is "well known and development is relatively easy," Cerny said. And that was a priority.
Sony's Masayasu Ito added that putting the Cell chip inside the PS4 would have led to manufacturing headaches. That being said, he says the company "thought long and hard" about ditching backwards compatibility and going with this new setup. Said Ito:
"Using this opportunity, we decided to stop going down this path, and, as Mark said, to focus our efforts on simplifying developer efforts."
Some consumers still won't be happy with the decision, especially after a very long generation. By now, gamers have accumulated quite a few PS3 games and with the PS4 unable to play any of them...well, that could be problematic for those thinking about making the next-gen leap later this year. Does it bother you?
4/8/2013 11:37:21 AM Ben Dutka