Despite fan outcry for the feature, Sony has no plans for backwards compatibility.
Microsoft and Xbox won a tidal wave of positive energy from fans and critics alike when, in 2015, they announced Xbox 360 backwards compatibility for Xbox One. Utilizing software emulation, Microsoft has slowly but surely made more and more games compatible with Xbox One. Best part is that if you already own the game on-disc or digitally, you don’t have to pay anything to play. PlayStation fans have since been lobbying Sony for PS4 backwards compatibility, but their cries have fallen on deaf years. It looks like that stance isn’t going to change.
Speaking with Time, Sony global sales chief Jim Ryan revealed that, despite being highly requested, the company isn’t pursing it. His reason? He believes that people don’t want to play games that look ‘ancient.’
“When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much. 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?”
While PS4 may never get backwards compatibility, there is always PS Now. Sony’s game streaming service does allow users to play hundreds of PS3 games, though no PS2 or PS1 games are available. Another downside is that even if you owned the game on PS3, you still have to pay to play it on PS Now.