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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Surprised Sony, Says Shuhei Yoshida

It is a fact that Xbox One backwards compatibility was a surprise to almost every gaming fan, but then it was supposed to be a surprise for them to start with.

Something interesting came up recently, even Sony was surprised by the announcement!

You would think that big fish like Microsoft and Sony would speculate the moves of their competitors before they announce them and devise something to counter it with, but Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc revealed otherwise.

It was surprising. 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.

So yeah not just surprised Yoshida also thought it was impossible.

That being said, the fact is that the burden is on game developers to make Xbox One backwards compatibility possible and a success. Remember how we noted that the developers of each game that makes it to the new console will have to work for it?

AS of now, there are around two dozen games that the preview program members can play on the console but the claim of hundreds of games is still to be met.

Reiterating what PlayStation Europe’s Jim Ryan said a few days ago, Yoshida added that they have no plans to follow suit.

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.

Do you think Sony can counter Xbox One backwards compatibility with cloud and PlayStation Now?