Jim Ryan talks the absence of backwards compatibility on PlayStation 4

Backward compatibility is one of the characteristics most appreciated by owners of Xbox One on PlayStation 4 instead Sony has preferred to follow a different path, reinventing the classics PS2  titles in a technically updated version, with support for Trophies and Remote Play. Why PS4 is not having backward compatibility? Explanation is now given by Sony global sales chief, Jim Ryan, in a recent interview.


According to Sony’s European boss, backwards compatibility on PlayStation is not an option. The reason? No one would take advantage of it.

Jim Ryan is the European boss of Sony, as well as being head of marketing and worldwide sales still within the Japanese giant. During a recent interview with TIME Magazine, Ryan talked about some question about PlayStation.

When asked about it by TIME, Jim Ryan of Sony Europe has expressed in these terms: “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?”

Apparently, the titles of the old consoles like PS1 and PS2 are now too “old” and he sees no reason why anyone would want to play them again. This was one of the factors that prompted Sony to not enable backward compatibility on the PlayStation 4.

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