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PS4 Backwards Compatibility: Can you play classic games on PS4?

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Is the PS4 backwards compatible?

Ever since launching back in 2013, PS4 has lacked a truly accessible form of backwards compatibility. PlayStation Now isn't the most ideal way to play your PS3 library, and purchasing old PS2 classics is convenient, if a little harsh on your wallet.

Playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One is so much simpler comparison. Xbox One backwards compatibility is a doddle with games available to be downloaded digitally or installed through the original disc. With over 300 games under its belt, Microsoft is easily in the lead.

The situation hasn't improved with the launch of PS4 Pro either. Microsoft's Project Scorpio will continue Xbox One's trend of backwards compatibility, carrying over the existing library and more into its 4K future.

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about PS4 backwards compatibility, including all the information on PlayStation Now and PS2 Classics.

Related: PS4 Pro vs PS4

As we mentioned before, it's not possible to play games from older platforms by inserting a disc or downloading them from the PlayStation Network. That is, unless you're willing to fork out for them once again. PS4 is built on completely different architecture, and it resembles a PC far more than any previous console.

What makes the complications around PS4 backwards compatibility worse is that Microsoft has solved Xbox One backwards compatibility by creating an Xbox 360 emulator within its latest console.

That means you can simply slide any supported Xbox 360 games into your Xbox One and they'll play straight away. Or you can download digital titles from the Xbox Live store. And this is all for free, so long as you own them, that is.

Related: Xbox Scorpio vs PS4 Pro

PlayStation Now

So, can you play PS3 games on the PS4? Well, not exactly, but there is a solution. It’s called PlayStation Now, and it will let you stream older PlayStation games to your PS4 over your home internet connection.

PlayStation Now was first announced at CES 2014, and since then the service has been launched in full with both rental price options and subscription tiers.

In the US and Canada, PS Now costs $19.99 (£13.20) for a one-month membership or you can go for a three-month membership for $44.99 (£29.77). Rental prices range from $1.99 to $19.99 depending on the title and the duration of your rental period, which can last for 4 hours, 7 days or 30 days.

Playstation Now will cost UK owners £12.99 a month. Alternatively, you can rent things individually. Games will either cost you £2.99 or £4.99 for a two-day rental (over a weekend perhaps) or £5.99 or £7.99 for a 30-day rental period.

You can use the service on PC, Mac and select Sony Smartphones. If you're a newcomer, it's definitely worth checking out the free trial period.

Related: Best PS4 Games 2017

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We've listed each and every game available on PS Now below:

DETUNED

ALEX KIDD IN THE MIRACLE WORLD

ALIEN RAGE

ALIEN SPIDY

ALPHA PROTOCOL

ALTERED BEAST

ANARCHY: RUSH HOUR

ANNA EXTENDED EDITION

ANOMALY WARZONE EARTH

ARCANA HEART 3

ARCANIA THE COMPLETE TALE

ARMAGEDDON RIDERS

ASURA'S WRATH

ATELIER AYESHA: THE ALCHEMIST OF DUSK

ATELIER ESCHA & LOGY - ALCHEMISTS OF THE DUST SKY

ATELIER RORONA PLUS: THE ALCHEMIST OF ARLAND

ATELIER SHALLIE - ALCHEMISTS OF THE DUSK SEA

BACK TO BED

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM GAME OF THE YEAR

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS

BATTLE PRINCESS OF ARCADIAS

BATTLE VS CHESS

BENTLEY'S HACKPACK

BEYOND: TWO SOULS + ADVANCED EXPERIMENTS DLC

BIG SKY:INFINITY

BIONIC COMMANDO REARMED

BIONIC COMMANDO REARMED 2

BIOSHOCK

BIOSHOCK 2

BIOSHOCK INFINITE

BLADESTORM - NIGHTMARE

BLAZBLUE CALAMITY TRIGGER

BLAZBLUE CHRONOPHANTASMA

BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT

BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT EXTEND

BLAZERUSH

BLOOD KNIGHTS

BLOODRAYNE BETRAYAL

BODYCOUNT

BOMBERMAN ULTRA

BORDERLANDS 2 ULTIMATE EDITION

BORDERLANDS GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION

BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL ULTIMATE EDITION

BOUND BY FLAME

BRAID

BROTHERS: A TALE OF TWO SONS

CAPCOM AC COLLECTIONS

CASTLEVANIA: HARMONY OF DISPAIR

CATHERINE

CEL DAMAGE HD

CHAMPION JOCKEY: G1 JOCKEY & GALLOP RACER

CONTRAST

COSTUME QUEST 2

COUNTER SPY

CRASH COMMANDO

CRAZY TAXI

CRITTER CRUNCH

CUBOID

DAMNATION

DARK SECTOR

DARK MIST

DARK VOID

DARKSIDERS

DARKSIDERS 2

DARKSTALKERS RESURRECTION

DAYTONA USA

DE BLOB 2

DEAD ISLAND

DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE

DEATH TRACK

DECEPTION IV: THE NIGHTMARE PRINCESS

DEVIL MAY CRY 4

DEVIL MAY CRY HD COLLECTION

DISGAEA 3: ABSENCE OF JUSTICE

DISGAEA 4: A PROMISE UNFORGOTTEN

DISGAEA D2: A BRIGHTER DARKNESS

DOKI-DOKI UNIVERSE

DON BRADMAN CRICKET 14

DOUBLE DRAGON NEON

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER

DYNASTY WARRIORS 7

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS

DYNASTY WARRIORS: STRIKEFORCE

EAT THEM!

ECHOCHROME

ELEFUNK

ENTWINED

ETHAN: METEOR HUNTER

EUFLORIA

EVERYBODY'S GOLF

EVERYBODY'S GOLF: WORLD TOUR

F.E.A.R. FIRST ENCOUNTER ASSAULT RECON

F1 2014

F1 RACE STARS

FAERY : LEGENDS OF AVALON

FARMING SIMULATOR 15

FARMING SIMULATOR 2013

FAT PRINCESS

FIGHTING VIPERS

FINAL EXAM

FINAL FIGHT: DOUBLE IMPACT

FLOW

FLOWER

FROGGER RETURNS

GENJI: DAYS OF THE BLADE

GO! PUZZLE

GOD OF WAR 2 HD

GOD OF WAR 3

GOD OF WAR HD

GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION

GOD OF WAR: CHAINS OF OLYMPUS HD

GOD OF WAR: GHOST OF SPARTA HD

GOLDEN AXE

GRAVITY CRASH

GREG HASTINGS PAINTBALL 2

GRID 2

GRID AUTOSPORT

GUACAMELEE!

HAKUOKI: STORIES OF THE SHINSENGUMI

HAMILTONS GREAT ADVENTURE

HAMSTERBALL UNLEASHED

HEAVENLY SWORD

HEAVY FIRE AFGHANISTAN

HEAVY RAIN + CHRONCILE 1 DLC

HOHOKUM

HOUSE OF THE DEAD 4

HOW TO SURVIVE

HUNTER'S TROPHY 2 - AMERICA

HUNTER'S TROPHY 2 - AUSTRALIA

HUSTLE KINGS

ICO CLASSICS HD

INFAMOUS

INFAMOUS 2

INFAMOUS: FESTIVAL OF BLOOD

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US ULTIMATE EDITION

INVIZIMALS THE LOST KINGDOM

JETPACK JOYRIDE DELUXE

JOE DANGER 2: THE MOVIE

JOURNEY

JUDGE DEE, THE CITY GOD CASE

JURASSIC PARK: THE GAME - EP 1

JURASSIC PARK: THE GAME - EP 2

JURASSIC PARK: THE GAME - EP 3

JURASSIC PARK: THE GAME - EP 4

KILLZONE 1 HD

KILLZONE 2

KILLZONE 3

KNYTT UNDERGROUND

LEARNING WITH THE POOYOOS - EPISODE 1

LEGASISTA

LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES

LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME

LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 1-4

LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 5-7

LEMMINGS

LINGER IN SHADOWS

LOCOROCO COCORECCHO

LONE SURVIVOR

LOST PLANET

LOST PLANET 2

LOST PLANET 3

MACHINARIUM

MAFIA 2

MAGIC ORBZ

MAGUS

MAHJONG TALES : ANCIENT WISDOM

MARS: WAR LOGS

MEGA MAN 10

MEGA MAN 9

METRO: LAST LIGHT COMPLETE EDITION

MORTAL KOMBAT KOMPLETE EDITION

MOTOGP™15

MOTORCYCLE CLUB

MOTORSTORM APOCALYPSE

MOTORSTORM RC COMPLETE EDITION

MOUSECRAFT

MX VS ATV SUPERCROSS

MX VS ATV: ALIVE

MX VS ATV: UNTAMED

MX VS. ATV: REFLEX

MXGP – THE OFFICIAL MOTOCROSS VIDEOGAME

NBA 2K14

NIGHTS INTO DREAMS

NINJA GAIDEN 3 RAZOR'S EDGE

NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2

NUMBLAST

ODDWORLD: STRANGER'S WRATH HD

OF ORCS AND MEN

OLLIOLLI

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING

OPERATION FLASHPOINT: RED RIVER

ORDER UP!!

OVERLORD II

OVERLORD RAISING HELL

PAINKILLER HELL & DAMNATION

PAPO & YO

PAYDAY 2

PID

PIXELJUNK EDEN FULLY GROWN EDITION

PIXELJUNK MONSTERS BIG BITE EDITION

PIXELJUNK RACERS 2ND LAP

PIXELJUNK SHOOTER

PIXELJUNK SHOOTER - PART 2

PIXELJUNK SIDESCROLLER

PIYOTAMA

PLANET MINIGOLF

PLANETS UNDER ATTACK

POKER NIGHT 2

PORT ROYALE 3

PROTEUS

PUPPETEER

PURE CHESS

PUZZLE AGENT

Q*BERT REBOOTED

RAG DOLL KUNG FU: FISTS OF PLASTIC

RAGNAROK ODYSSEY ACE

RAIDEN IV: OVERKILL

RAIN

RAINBOW MOON

RATCHET & CLANK ALL 4 ONE

RATCHET & CLANK NEXUS

RATCHET & CLANK Q-FORCE

RATCHET & CLANK: A CRACK IN TIME

RATCHET & CLANK:QUEST FOR BOOTY

REALMS OF ANCIENT WAR

RED DEAD REDEMPTION

RED DEAD REDEMPTION: UNDEAD NIGHTMARE

RED FACTION: GUERRILLA

RED JOHNSON'S CHRONICLES

RED JOHNSON'S CHRONICLES - ONE AGAINST ALL

RENEGADE OPS

RESIDENT EVIL CODE:VERONICA X

RESIDENT EVIL OPERATION RACCOON CITY

RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS

RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS 2

RESIDENT EVIL UMBRELLA CHRONICLES

RESIDENT EVIL: THE DARKSIDE CHRONICLES

RESISTANCE 3

RETRO CITY RAMPAGE DX

RETRO/GRADE

RICOCHET HD

RIDE

RIFF: EVERYDAY SHOOTER

RISE OF THE ARGONAUTS

ROCKETBIRDS: HARDBOILED CHICKEN

ROTASTIC

R-TYPE DIMENSIONS

RUNE FACTORY OCEANS

RUNNER 2: A FLAT OUT RUN OF THE RHYTHM ALIEN

SACRED CITADEL

SAINTS ROW 2

SAINTS ROW IV

SAM & MAX BEYOND TIME & SPACE - EP 1

SAM & MAX BEYOND TIME & SPACE - EP 2

SAM & MAX BEYOND TIME & SPACE - EP 3

SAM & MAX BEYOND TIME & SPACE - EP 4

SAM & MAX BEYOND TIME & SPACE - EP 5

SAM & MAX THE DEVIL'S PLAYHOUSE - EP 1

SAM & MAX THE DEVIL'S PLAYHOUSE - EP 2

SAM & MAX THE DEVIL'S PLAYHOUSE - EP 3

SAM & MAX THE DEVIL'S PLAYHOUSE - EP 4

SAM & MAX THE DEVIL'S PLAYHOUSE - EP 5

SAVAGE MOON

SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS CLASSICS HD

SHATTER

SHERLOCK HOLMES: CRIMES & PUNISHMENTS

SID MEIER'S CIVILIZATION REVOLUTION

SILENT HILL HD COLLECTION

SIREN BLOOD CURSE

SKULLGIRLS ENCORE

SKY FIGHTER

SKYDIVE: PROXIMITY FLIGHT

SLY COOPER: THIEVES IN TIME

SMASH CARS

SNAKEBALL

SNIPER ELITE V2

SNIPER ELITE 3

SNIPER GHOST WARRIOR 2

SNIPER: GHOST WARRIOR

SOLDNER-X 2: FINAL PROTOTYPE

SOLDNER-X: HIMMELSSTURMER

SONIC ADVENTURE

SONIC CD

SONIC GENERATIONS

SONIC THE FIGHTERS

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 EPISODE II

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4: EPISODE 1

SONIC UNLEASHED

SOUND SHAPES

SPACE ACE

SPARKLE 2

SPEC OPS: THE LINE

SPELUNKY

STARHAWK

STARWHAL

STEALTH INC.

STICK IT TO THE MAN

STRIDER

STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE - EP 1

STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE - EP 2

STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE - EP 3

STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE - EP 4

STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE - EP 5

SUPER HANG-ON

SUPER MEGA BASEBALL

SUPER PUZZLE FIGHTER II TURBO HD REMIX

SUPER STARDUST HD

SYBERIA

SYBERIA 2

TALES FROM SPACE: ABOUT A BLOB

TALES FROM THE BORDERLANDS - EPISODES 1 & 2

TALES OF MONKEY ISLAND - CHAPTER 1

TALES OF MONKEY ISLAND - CHAPTER 2

TALES OF MONKEY ISLAND - CHAPTER 3

TALES OF MONKEY ISLAND - CHAPTER 4

TALES OF MONKEY ISLAND - CHAPTER 5

THE AWAKENED FATE ULTIMATUM

THE BOOK OF UNWRITTEN TALES 2

THE DARKNESS

THE DARKNESS II

THE GUIDED FATE PARADOX

THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 3

THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: OVERKILL

THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII

THE LAST GUY

THE LAST OF US

THE LAST OF US: LEFT BEHIND

THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME

THE RAVEN: LEGACY OF A MASTER THIEF

THE SLY TRILOGY

THE SWAPPER

THE UNFINISHED SWAN

THE WALKING DEAD GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON TWO - EPISODES 1 & 2

THE WITCH AND THE HUNDRED KNIGHT

THE WOLF AMONG US

THOMAS WAS ALONE

TERRARIA

TITAN ATTACKS!

TINY BRAINS HOW TO SURVIVE

TOKYO JUNGLE

TOUR DE FRANCE 2015

TOY HOME

TOYBOX TURBOS

TRASH PANIC

TRINE

TRUCK RACER

TWISTED METAL

TWO WORLDS II

ULTRA STREET FIGHTER IV

UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES

UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE'S DECEPTION GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION

UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE

URBAN TRIAL FREESTYLE

VELOCITY ULTRA

VESSEL

VIRTUA FIGHTER 2

VIRTUA FIGHTER 5 FINAL SHOWDOWN

WAKEBOARDING HD

WARHAWK

WHEN VIKINGS ATTACK!

WHITE KNIGHT CHRONICLES

WHITE KNIGHT CHRONICLES 2

WRC 4 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

WRC 5 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

WWE 2K15

X BLADES

XCOM: ENEMY WITHIN

ZEN PINBALL 2

ZENO CLASH 2

ZOMBIE TYCOON 2 - BRAINHOV'S REVENGE

We'll be sure to update this list whenever something new is introduced.

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Why can’t the PS4 play PS3 games?

The PS3 and PS4 use completely different system architectures, which means the PS4 would need to emulate the PS3’s system in order to make the games work. The figure often quoted is that a system needs ten times the power of the thing it’s emulating in order to do so at full speed.

Sony does claim that the PS4 meets this ‘ten times’ more powerful mark, but producing a workable emulator also requires a whole lot of work when working with a system of the PS3’s complexity. And that means a healthy cash investment, too.

Sony decided not to do this, and it’s sure to be one of the most common complaints about the new console. We can imagine many people simply assuming they’ll be able to play their old PS3 games on the thing.

Related: Upcoming PS4 Games 2017

What about PS1 and PS2 games?

Although PS1 games are still an elusive beast, PS2 games are now available on your PS4 – albeit in limited form.

They are as follows:

  • Ape Escape 2
  • Ape Escape 3
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
  • Bully
  • Dark Chronicle
  • Dark Cloud
  • Destroy All Humans
  • Destroy All Humans 2
  • Fatal Fury Battle Archives: Volume 2
  • Fahrenheit
  • Fantavision
  • Fu'un Super Combo
  • GTA 3
  • GTA: Vice City
  • GTA: San Andreas
  • Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Kinetica
  • Legaia 2: Duel Saga
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • Manhunt
  • The Mark of Kri
  • Max Payne
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • Okage: Shadow King
  • PaRappa the Rapper 2
  • Primal
  • Psychonauts
  • Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Red Faction
  • Red Faction 2
  • Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
  • Rise of the Kasai
  • Rogue Galaxy
  • Samurai Showdown VI
  • Siren
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars: Racer Revenge
  • Twisted Metal: Black
  • War of the Monsters
  • Wild Arms 3
  • The Warriors

What classic games would you like to see on PS4? Let us know in the comments.

    professerclever

    November 14, 2013, 6:33 pm

    This is a deal breaker for me and it will be some time before I will feel the need to leave the many excellent PS3 games behind and 'upgrade' to the next gen console.

    juffowup

    November 14, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Short answer: No.
    long answer: Noooooooooooooo.

    Tony

    November 15, 2013, 1:14 am

    You can still keep the PS3 and play it while having the newer system. No need to leave anything

    PlaystionGamer

    November 15, 2013, 2:15 am

    I planned to sell my aging PS3 to subsidize the cost of the PS4, with the assumption that I would keep some PS3 games for my PS4-- this is a deal breaker. How many consoles does Sony imagine the average person likes to stack? Do I have to own a black and white TV for all my old movies? Do I own iPad 1 for all the old apps, iPad 2 for the newer apps, and iPad Air for only the latest apps? Do I keep an old car for driving on old roads, and an new car only for newly paved roads? So stupid.

    barondebxl

    November 15, 2013, 3:36 am

    Yep. Time to move on. Ps4, here we come!

    sbkline

    November 15, 2013, 4:06 am

    I can't see any Sony fanboy saying this great, when the continually mock the xbox one's idea of the cloud.

    Well I hope it works.

    Gary

    November 15, 2013, 4:41 am

    Exactly... Sony are basically saying "yes we could have made it backwards compatible, but it would mean less profit for us in the short term"... However looking at the graphics, I think its impossible for me not to get one this weekend lol

    Panos

    November 15, 2013, 7:37 am

    I think the screw up is in the timing. All these excellent major titles just came out, or are coming out, for PS3. GTA V, GT6, Arkham Origins.

    professerclever

    November 15, 2013, 7:38 am

    I hope you have fun Gary. The backwards compatibility issue could not be solved because the architecture of the machine is completely different and in all honesty, I never played PS2 games on the PS3 even when that was possible, but I cannot honestly say that the graphics on the PS4 are so much better than the previous iteration (yet that is.) Also, better graphics do not necessarily mean better game play.

    MsMa1980

    November 15, 2013, 7:51 am

    I think it sucks that you can not play your ps3 games on the PS4 system i have over 50 PS3 games and hate to give them up and start over :( . I hope they do make something so you can shear both systems i already got a PS3 and was looking forwrord to the the PS4 but after reading this im not so happy about the system anymore :/.

    Gary

    November 15, 2013, 7:54 am

    After watching the launch this evening, I have to say impressed with the capabilities of the new PS4... However as with any early adoption of new tech, its always expensive and you are somewhat a beta tester (so to speak). As for the architecture and backwards compatibility, I completely understand this, however as Andrew states "producing a workable emulator also requires a whole lot of work – and that means a healthy cash investment, too. Sony decided not to do this"... My point originally is that Sony COULD have made it backwards compatible, but it would take the profits away from the shareholders etc... Whilst you might not see an advantage of playing legacy games, I do. The games will be significantly cheaper plus, there will be larger selection of games for my kids to play... Having to pay $60 every time my kids want a new game will leave me broke, however having the option to buy legacy games for $10-$20 is a win win for me...

    accolade

    November 15, 2013, 9:10 am

    I never owned a PS3. But I did own a PS1 and a PS2 back in the day, and I jumped with joy when SONY revealed PS2 was backward compatibile with PS1. I ditched my PS1 gave it to my grandpa and kept my PS1 games which occasionally played on my PS2.

    I would buy a PS4 today had it had PS3 support so I could play the back library of PS3 games I missed out on.

    But to buy two consoles is ridiculous.

    SONY is being lazy today.

    grapesarecool

    November 15, 2013, 9:26 am

    i'm not really sad about this besides one game, my favorite games squeal actually: Dark Souls 2. Why the hell would they release a game ONLY for the last gen systems when the next gen systems will be out for months.. i just want to get rid of my old console.

    driver

    November 15, 2013, 9:29 am

    guys it the next genfo games.. most people i know will trade in their ps3 to get ps4... the problem is people who wasnt clever enough to seewhy buy these big games on ps3 when in the same month he ps4 is out......

    grapesarecool

    November 15, 2013, 9:30 am

    Look, Sony is already cutting down the cost for a lot of things. free games, new severs, lower costing hardware. Do we really have to steal money out of their pocket?

    Trevor Totten

    November 15, 2013, 1:05 pm

    Most of my games are via PSN anyway, which I got when free. Hopefully they go with the "play for free as long as you have the disk" idea. I think they will try to please gamers as much as possible though. Seems to be their theme this time around, with a lot of decisions they've made.

    I had the launch day PS3. Don't think I played a single PS2 game on it, other than to see if the graphics were any better. Played PS1 games more often!

    Binarybasher

    November 15, 2013, 1:11 pm

    The Ps3 was and still is a fantastic console, I have a good collection of blueray games.

    I live with the worst Internet connection ever (thanks BT) which means any steamed service is going to be useless.

    This decision by Sony to not enable backward compatibility between the new Ps4 and Ps3 will mean my decision to order has just gone away.

    It's a real shame as I was about to pre-order the Ps4 from Amazon, but now I feel I cannot justify the cost, initial cost and ongoing cost.

    I'm sure I am not the only gamer disappointed.

    I enjoy Sony products, but I do feel they let the customer down with new products like this.

    Typed from my Sony Z1 smart phone.

    Binarybasher

    Obamasuxx

    November 15, 2013, 3:14 pm

    To bad so sad. No PS4 for me. No way SONY will I dump my investment of HUNDREDS of dollars of PS3 games. Your decision to make your console cheaper than the xbone by scraping your backward compatibility was a real stupid one since now you will lose sales anyway because of this. Think about it boneheads, if you are now making people decide if they should dump their old PS3 games to get a new console, you have opened up the door to "Which console should I get since I have to dump my games anyway". dummies.

    brenro

    November 15, 2013, 4:17 pm

    My PS4 will sit on the same shelf as my original, backwards compatible PS3. What's the big problem?

    John

    November 15, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Here is an insane solution, just keep your Ps3. Xbox one is not going to be backwards compatible either because both systems are technologically incompatible with their respective earlier counterparts. If you wanted sony to make another Ps3 rather than a far more advanced system then just go buy another Ps3 and quit bitching.

    Michael

    November 15, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Backwards compatibility to the directly previous generation is not typically achieved by emulation as the article states. Emulation is used to play games from much older consoles such as with Game Gear games on the 3DS. If new hardware is similar to old hardware in certain ways then compatibility is made easier. The console creator may even keep some old hardware which isn't necessary to play new games just to achieve backwards compatibility. For instance the DS had an extra older processor in it just to handle certain GBA games. What's nice is that usually by the time the new system is launched the old system's hardware can be made quick, cheap, and small. Making backwards compatibility feasible. So the conclusion I'd draw from this is either the PS4 and PS3 have vastly different hardware architectures or that direct backwards compatibility is not worth it to Sony as a business decision. Probably a mixture of both.

    Eve online ftw

    November 15, 2013, 7:02 pm

    The ps4 and ps3 are using two totally different processors. The ps4 is using an AMD APU while the ps3 was using a custom processor made by IBM and sony. This made compatibility very difficult in the beginning of the ps3s life. As far as emulation goes it does not just include older systems. It is the act of emulating a certain system ie. The ps3.

    Brian Darnell

    November 15, 2013, 7:38 pm

    If you are playing Call of Duty Ghosts or any other PS4 game, are you able to play with people that have the game on PS3? If you are the PS4, can you play with people who are on the PS3?

    Riley Hayman

    November 15, 2013, 8:04 pm

    I know it's completely unheard of, but just keep the PS3 too. Really the most you'd get from trading it in is probably $100-150 at most.

    Don

    November 15, 2013, 9:03 pm

    How about PS2 games? I have a ton of those but no PS3 games as I switched to the 360 last gen. That would be nice to dig out the old PS2 games without having to hook the system up.

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