PS1/PS2 Backward Compatibility On PS4: PS1 And PS2 Games Looks Ancient, Why Would Anybody Play This?
Backward compatibility has been the most requested feature by PlayStation fans, but Sony is looking not very keen to add it to PlayStation 4, and if recent words from Jim Ryan is to believe PlayStation fans should completely give up on the feature. Speaking with our friend at TIME, Ryan termed backward compatibility feature as one of that feature that is much requested but not actually much used. Jim also added that the old games look ancient, and there is no reason to play them now.
"When we've dabbled with backward compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much," Ryan told Time. "That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?"
There is a service called PlayStation Now which allow PlayStation fans to play PlayStation 3 games (streaming service), and PlayStation 2 games can be played via PlayStation Store, but the catch here is that players will have to buy the game again even if they owned the game on earlier PlayStation consoles.
It's not like Team PlayStation didn't play with the idea of bringing the feature to PlayStation 4. Shuhei Yoshida at E3 2015 stated that "backward compatibility is hard, not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that."
On the other side, Microsoft has added backward compatibility feature to Xbox One since 2015, and it is one of the widely used features. Over 300 Xbox 360 games have been added to the backward compatibility catalog and it includes Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The best part is that if you own the game on Xbox 360 then you won't have to make a second purchase.
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