When the PS3 launched back in 2006 it did so with support for PS2 games, although this had been changed in a following model that removed all backwards compatibility. Reasons were given but the fact is gamers didn’t like it overall, especially if they invested a lot of money in games on the previous system.
Sony not only needs PS4 backwards compatibility for PS3 owners with large game collections, but it is also the top feature requested by the majority of gamers. Some people still feel that the PS4 ‘probably won’t be able to play PS3 games’, which would be madness on Sony’s part considering the need for such a feature.
GTA 5 could land with around the same release date as the PS4, so this also makes it extremely important for gamers that have been waiting years for the next Grand Theft Auto game.
Hardcore PlayStation gamers will want the new Sony PS4 console the moment it releases, and some people will want to trade in their PS3 to help pay for the new machine, which would not be possible if the PS4 lacked backwards compatibility.
On Product Reviews Facebook page they asked followers a question on this very topic, and this provided a clear demand for backwards compatibility on the PS4.
When asked how important is backwards compatibility to you for next-gen games consoles? Comments included “very important”, “Must have”, and “very important considering that if Sony PlayStation 4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility I will never buy it, same goes for Xbox 720″.
Another commenter also touched on the GTA 5 factor, which stated “Super important due to the fact that GTA 5 has been set to release in Sept and it would be bad having to buy two copies of the same game for two different consoles”.
It is worth pointing out that not every gamer agrees with the need for backwards compatibility on the PS4 or Xbox 720, which had been made clear in this comment “When you are moving from Classic Xbox to Xbox 360 that’s when you need backwards compatibility. When moving from Xbox 360 to the Next Xbox is a different story. You don’t need backwards compatibility for it when you have a perfect console sitting next to it. Goes for PlayStation too, not just Xbox”.
How important is backwards compatibility to you for next-gen games consoles? You might also want to read about PS4 and Xbox 720 racing games being uncovered in an article published yesterday.
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