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Mike Ybarra Comments on Sony’s Views of Backward Compatibility

Mike Ybarra has shared a comment on Sony’s statement over the backward compatibility feature. According to Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Xbox, players want backward compatibility and Microsoft wants the community to enjoy the best games of the past, present, and future.

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, 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.

In reply to his statement, Mike Ybarra said that he would have to “Disagree. We want gamers to play the best games of the past, current, and future. It’s what gamers have asked for”

What’s interesting is that a recent study found that Sony may actually be right about the usage of backward compatibility. The recent study found that only 1.5% of the time spent on Xbox One by its users is spent on Backward compatibility. The study was conducted over the course of 5 months using a third-party API to randomly sample usage data from a pool of 930K Xbox One Gamertags.

This means that while this is a demanded feature, its usage is low and Sony is aware of the facts. However, the company has provided a way for gamers to experience classic titles. The Gaikai based streaming service, PlayStation Now, allows PlayStation users to play PlayStation 1,2,3 and now even PlayStation 4 games.

PlayStation Now is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC, and select Sony Bravia models.