Sony Surprised By Xbox Backwards Compatibility, Has No Plans To Bring It To PS4

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Xbox gamers were treated to a huge surprise at E3: Xbox One backwards compatibility. It seems that gamers weren’t the only ones who were surprised by the announcement – Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios President was also surprised by the move.

“It was surprising,” Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer editor Oli Welsh when asked for his reaction.

“I didn’t think it was possible. There must be lots of engineering effort. They talked about 100 games, but what kind of games will be included? Is it smaller games or big games? We don’t know.”

Yoshida didn’t follow the announcement too closely it would seem, as Xbox demo’d the new functionality with Mass Effect, no small game by any means. A current Xbox Feedback forum thread is even ongoing asking gamers to vote on which games they’d like to see with games like Red Dead RedemptionCall of Duty: Black Ops II, and Skyrim leading the way.

Unfortunately Yoshida followed up his comments on the Xbox One functionality by saying that there currently are no plans for Sony to introduce PlayStation 4 backwards compatibility.

“PS3 is such a unique architecture, and some games made use of SPUs very well. It’s going to be super challenging to do so. I never say never, but we have no plans.”

All is not lost as the PlayStation Now service allows gamers to play PS3 games on their PS4’s, however unlike the Xbox One service which allows gamers to play any Xbox 360 game they already own at no additional charge, PlayStation Now is charging between £2.99 and £9.99 per title for two or 30 days rental period.

What do you think about Yoshida’s comments? Would you like to see backwards compatibility come to the PlayStation 4? Do you think PlayStation Now should allow gamers to play PS3 games they already own for free? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

Source: Eurogamer
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