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Sony Responds To Xbox One Backward Compatability Feature

Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Microsoft's E3 press conference was the arrival of backwards compatibility for Xbox One.

There was a time when this used to be a huge feature for PlayStation; the PS2 launched with full b/c for original PlayStation titles, and the same thing happened for PS3. The only difference is that we soon lost true b/c on PS3 so Sony could lower the cost of the system.

Now, Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida responds to Microsoft's announcement, telling Polygon that "the technology involved must be very challenging." Xbox One backward compatibility is available now for Xbox Preview members and will be available to all users this holiday. It should support "hundreds" of Xbox 360 games.

The PS4 has no such option for PS3 titles and it probably won't any time soon. Said Yoshida:

"I don't think we will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn't have backward compatibility."

Sony would rather focus on building new features and services for their console, but Yoshida added: "I won't say we'll never do it, but it's not an easy thing to do." So, there's still hope, eve if it's a slim one.

Tags: xbox one backwards compatability, playstation 4, ps4 bc, sony

6/18/2015 10:14:56 AM Ben Dutka

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 10:27:44 AM
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... "And also we got that stream service going where you can rent the games you used to own. Don't wanna undermine that service, you know."

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 12:31:53 PM

and rebuy your PS2 games of course!

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telly
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 5:17:36 PM

As happy as I am with my PS4, the lack of BC is just awful on so many levels, not least of which because they're trying to rent your favorite PS3 games back to you via PSNow.

Microsoft, meanwhile, just made a sale right here. BC for Xbox One -- assuming it really does apply to all/nearly all games -- ensures I will one day fairly soon pick one up. I have lots of 360 games I enjoy that I have no interest in getting rid of, and I have borderline autobiographical game saves for deep RPGs like Skyrim and the Mass Effect Trilogy that I'll never willingly part with. Assuming the big hits come to the One, and we can upload our game saves from the cloud or some other way, it's a no brainer. PS4 is clearly my dominant platform this gen, but now I'll get to enjoy a smattering of One exclusives and revisit my favorite 360 games whenever I wish.

Now, should I just finally bit the bullet, save up a few hundred more and buy a gaming PC already and never worry about BC again? THAT'S a big question...

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Neo_Aeon666
Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 1:59:59 AM

MS got back at Sony for that: This is how you lend a game on PS4 video hahaha.

They offer you to play the titles you own for free. Great call :D Sad that I sold my PS3 and Xbox 360 and all games to get a free PS4 with a few games XD That feature totally doesn't touch meeeeee

I live for what's ahead and don't look back! lol

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TrueAssassin86x
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 10:40:32 AM
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Thats fine by me im glad sony is looking towards the future instead of the past. Also lack of Backward Compatability is why im keeping my Ps3 as long as i can.

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shaytoon
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 11:00:00 AM
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seriously. its 2015. you need to look forward, stop thinking BACKWARDS.

i could care less if my ps4 doesnt play any older games.

i never cared that my ps3 didnt play the older games either. both of my brothers ended up getting near launch ps3's that did have the b/c and they each only used it once, maaybe twice. just to be like oh wow look it works! okay cool, now on to the ps3 games. thats it.

and mind you were old, so our gaming roots are deep.

i just love seeing the newest and greatest. we have come along way since commodore 64.

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Night_train80
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 11:17:36 AM
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Who needs backward compatibility when everyone, including Xbox, keeps releasing "remastered" and "definitive" editions of their greatest games found in the old libraries?

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 3:59:35 PM

... In order to not have to buy the games over and over again.

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Night_train80
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 4:09:41 PM

That's what the original system the games came out on are for.
But actually Beam I was being somewhat sarcastic. Sony saying they want to focus on the future but we've seen more re-released games than new ones, or at least it feels like it. I can understand to a point why Sony might want to double dip this way in order to let those that converted to PS4 from Xbox enjoy those classic gems but I do wish more emphasis was being put on new IPs or highly anticipated/requested sequels.

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Jalex
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 11:35:39 AM
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Personally, I wanted backwards compatibility, and would still appreciate it, but I've actually been surprised by how much I haven't missed being able to play all my old PlayStation games on 4.

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telly
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 5:23:53 PM

In fairness, I actually agree with you. I think BC is going to be really appreciated in the years to come, though, when we've all had a bit more time away from our PS3 collections to properly miss them.

Ironically, the games I anticipate missing most are remasters of PS2 games -- MGS HD collection, Resident Evil 4 remaster, etc.

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FAREEZ
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 11:39:08 AM
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Glorious Console Remaster Race...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 12:34:00 PM
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Well this is the only way to add games to the Xbox One. Since people liked the 360 they need a reason to keep their Xbone or not go to Sony and leave a game library behind.

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slow and smart
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 12:37:21 PM
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New features would be nice, as mods for fallout 4 on the ps4 would be a nice extra,xboxone will get it but ps4?

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Oxvial
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 12:58:43 PM

Fallout 4 mods are going to be timed exclusive.

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 4:00:43 PM

Oxivial: Player made mods as "exclusives"? How can they even do that?

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jimmyhandsome
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 4:29:24 PM

I don't even think it's any kind of exclusive. I just think it has to do with Bethseda working with Sony to get them on the PS4

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Oxvial
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 4:35:26 PM

On consoles the option gonna be timed exclusive, google: Fallout Ps4 Mods.

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jimmyhandsome
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 4:43:50 PM

Yea I read the interview. I was under the impression that it just takes time for them to work out the kinks with mods being on consoles because they're on closed systems. And that the Microsoft came to them because they have such a strong presence in the PC community. Didn't think of it the same as timed-exclusive DLC

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Oxvial
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 4:51:23 PM

Those are PR excuses, Bethesda always side with MS, remember how long took on PS3 to get Skyrim dlc.

That said that not gonna stop me for get this on day one, the game gonna be big and with tons of stuff to do.

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Oxvial
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 1:14:49 PM
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If MS did this on 2014 it would be a solid pro over PS4, now this gonna be released on December? a bit late to have more impact, with all the good current gen games this year my PS3 games are rarely used.

Still a good option to have, but being more personal I don't like how they handled the backwards, download them (from a limited list), so I have to buy another external HD because current games already take a lot of space.

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jimmyhandsome
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 2:05:16 PM
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Really wish that Sony would do this too, but I doubt it based on their PSNow service. That and their entire fall lineup consists of PS3 and Vita remasters. I guess looking into the future starts in 2016

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maxpontiac
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 2:41:44 PM
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I don't really care about backwards compatibility... I still have my PS3.

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Cideus
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 7:56:05 PM
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Who really cares? This is why I keep my older systems. Growing up I couldn't play my NES games in my SNES and that never bothered me. Just my two cents.

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VampDeLeon
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 8:16:14 PM
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Not going to lie, this sucks. Fortunately, my PS2 and PS1 still works well enough to continue playing my older games in-between the newer ones. Sure would've been nice to have less of a fire hazard setup with these.

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Kevin555
Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 4:42:45 AM
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I don't see the problem. We buy PS4's to play PS4 games don't we? You want to play your old games, buy the old consoles they were released on or keep them, you're only short changing yourself selling them these days anyway as you hardly get anything back for them, except a smug retailer licking his lips and rubbing his hands together after ripping you off and laughing about it later. You just lost your old console, 13 plus games you bought with it and a bunch of peripherals but atleast you got your new console with one game to play on it :D

I like the Xbox One console alot but if backwards compatibility is considered one of their E3 highlights then...lol, talk about starving for positives. Most XB1 One adopters still use their 360's more then their XB1's anyway, so not sure why everyone's celebrating. It is a good feature to have but by no means is it essential imo.

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SirLoin of Beef
Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 9:23:26 AM
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BC is a nice feature and I've messed around with it some to play Mass Effect but I don't see me using it all that much. There are some 360 games I'd like to finish so it'll be nice to be able to play them without having to hook my 360 back up but that'd be the only reason I'd use it.

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FatherSun
Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 5:37:32 PM
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This is a NICE to have versus a NEED to have.

MS did this out of the need to bring sales numbers up as fast as possible. It is a clever way of doing so. They know many 360 owners either went to PS or simply have not upgraded at all. This will have quite an initial push. I expect the numbers to move up but not significantly and not only because of this feature.

MS is attempting to plants seeds in all directions. Rift with the X1 controller and the so called VR "theater" functionality with a promise of future full VR games. Windows Streaming etc.. They are just all over the place. One day they may actually bring it all together cohesively.

Another thing, If they really wanted to give people Backwards Compatibility they would have done so from the beginning of this generation. All I remember is them attepmting to DIGITALLY LOCKDOWN the industry and just making completely off the wall statements. Backwards Compatibility being "NOT POSSIBLE" due to architecture being one of them. Honestly, does anyone here think they would have done this if the X1 was selling in the 20s of millions..???!!!

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 6:37:45 AM
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i know that putting and emulation of the cell stuff from the ps3 will be hard to do but they should try to if they can and not a half assed try like a proper try cos it would be nice to have for sure.

happy gaming

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Nerull
Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 5:02:25 PM
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While I still have my ps3, which I have gone back to a fair bit this year, Sony's approach to compatibility annoys me.
The PS3's cell architecture would make emulation trickier than normal, but they act like nobody wants it. A lot of people were asking for it back at launch, but by now they've stopped asking when it became clear it's not a feature Sony gives a second thought to.

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ricksterj
Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 12:11:03 PM
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When you IGNORE the past.....you rob the FUTURE.

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ZMony
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 @ 3:10:04 AM
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No BC = Mo Money

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