People Want But Don’t Use Backward Compatibility: Sony
Sony, the creator of PlayStation systems, has released a very interesting statement regarding the addition of backward compatibility on PlayStation 4. According to Sony’s head of global sales and marketing, Jim Ryan, backward compatibility is a demanded feature but its usage is surprisingly low.
In an interview with TIME, Jim Ryan stated that gamers want this feature to be included but they don’t use it as much for the company to be interested in adding it.
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. 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?
Sony’s alternative to backward compatibility is called PlayStation Now. The Gaikai based streaming service allows PlayStation users to play PlayStation 1,2,3 and now even PlayStation 4 games. The service is costly and not very popular among PlayStation users, despite Sony adding new games every month.
The service is available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and is now on PC as well. PC users can experience PlayStation 4 games via streaming. PlayStation Now doesn’t need very demanding specs but it failed to gain popularity on PC.
PlayStation Now app is also available on select Sony Bravia models so the plan was to expand the audience for PlayStation titles. However, Microsoft’s take to backward compatibility gained more traction among the gaming gaming community.
Do you think Sony’s statement is correct and gamers don’t use it as much? And should the company work on proper backward compatibility? Take to the comments and share what you think.