We’ve got some bad news for those holding out hope for PS4 backwards compatibility, it’s probably not going to happen.
Speaking with MCV back in June, it seems Sony’s attitude towards backwards compatibility is yet to change:
One of the early PS3 models was able to play both PS1 and PS2 titles, but wasn’t “greatly used” according to Sony.
“PS3 is such a unique architecture, and some games made use of SPUs very well,” Yoshida said. “It’s going to be super challenging to do so. I never say never, but we have no plans.”
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The demand for backwards compatibility is most definitely there for PS4, it’s just a case of whether it is possible on the hardware itself.
A recent survey sent out by Sony suggests that PS1 and PS2 classics could be coming to PS4 in the future.
The survey asks fans what they would most like to see in upcoming system software updates. This includes custom backgrounds, an appear offline mode and PS1/PS2 classic support.
This survey isn't fullproof though, and could just be a way of Sony researching fan interest on potential features.
Xbox One will be introducing backwards compatibility to all systems on November 12 via a free downloadable update.