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PS4 won't support current-gen PSN games

Sony's already given a bit of an indication for its plans with PlayStation 4 backward compatibility, floating the idea that all PlayStation games ever can be accessed from any device. However, it appears as if that transition won't be entirely seamless.

In a Q&A session following yesterday's PS4 announcement, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said that PlayStation 3 games purchased through the PSN would not be accessible on the PS4. Yoshida attributed this decision to the PS4's switch away from the PS3's Cell CPU architecture.

However, the Sony exec didn't rule out the PSN backward compatibility outright. Yoshida said that the company is looking into how it can use Gaikai to offer some of these games to PS4 owners. He also reiterated that it is Sony's goal to offer every PlayStation game on any device.

During the same Q&A session, Yoshida confirmed that the PlayStation 4 would indeed support used games. He also indicated that Sony would not be extending Japan's PS Vita price cut to the West.So that answers some of our queries, but we still have unanswered questions.

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8 comments

  • ibashdaily - February 22, 2013 3:56 a.m.

    Does anyone know if this extends to all PSN games, or just the PS3 ones? Would games like Journey transfer over?
  • awesomesauce - February 21, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    They should release a add-on or something for the Ps4 to play old games. Like the Sega-CD did
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - February 21, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    I just hope it'll have a holder to place your collanders
  • ultimatepunchrod - February 21, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    Hopefully the best ones come with Gaikai. Surely all of the thatgamecompany games will be a priority.
  • BladedFalcon - February 21, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Ack, that's disappointing. But then again, I don't really plan to get a new console any time soon, much less before I've actually played all of the PSN games I've downloaded. So *shrugs*
  • Moondoggie1157 - February 21, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Well this is what I don't understand. Sony is getting gripe over the lack of backwards capability... But seeing as the PS3 is still going to be pumping out great games for the next year, why does it matter? I mean, are people just going to trash their PS3's when the next gen is released? I know they can bitch about having to accommodate the 2 consoles, but is an extra HDMI cord really that much of a nuisance? I still have too many games in my back catalogue to even think about PS4 and it's games haha
  • BladedFalcon - February 21, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    That's the same for me, but well, people love to bitch, and make a huge deal about backwards compatibility, when, honestly, I've never really seen it as that much of a big deal. I you're really that interested in playing old game,s then just keep your old console *shrugs*
  • Scoob - February 21, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    It's more the space constraints. Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3, PS2, receiver, cable box, cable modem, and router. If consoles were built to be stacked like most home theatre components, it wouldn't be so bad. I have a pretty big TV stand too, and I have no room for another device. I actually don't have enough plug ins to support one more component in all that. I think the gripe about backward compatibility may come from the fact that the Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 are backwards compatible. Also, in the Wii U's case, you could transplant all your Wii data and games over to the Wii U, including VC titles. Basically, the lesser system has a simple feature that a "true" next gen system doesn't.

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