One thing that I feel that the Playstation 4 is missing is backwards compatibility. It used to be a standard in their consoles that you could play your old games on their newest console, and starting with the PS3, they started to pull away from that leaving only select models to include the feature. And with the latest generation of consoles, both PS4 and the Xbox One weren’t launched with the ability to play the games from the past.
That is until E3 2015 when Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would be adding backwards compatibility to their features for the console. And it’s worked so well, they slowly have been adding more and more titles to their library every month, which works even better since their Games with Gold where they give out free digital games to players with a subscription to Xbox Live each month. And now they’re new free games are only backwards compatible games, so every game they’re giving out can be played on your Xbox One.
This is something that Playstation desperately needs to keep their competitive edge in the console war. The closest thing that they have is Playstation Now, which requires a subscription fee, whereas Xbox doesn’t charge their players to play games from the older consoles. Not to mention that the Microsoft is capitalising on this with their latest update which allows for you to be able to purchase games from their library of backwards compatible games digitally on the Xbox Store. As well as including some older games like Fallout 3 (which was released for free for Xbox One users who purchased Fallout 4) in some of their game purchases. And they’ve done that with multiple games which give players more incentive to shell out the cash for new games as they’re getting more games for their buck. Literally.
One thing that Xbox hasn’t done that would really help Playstation in this part of the arena is to make it where you can just put your older games in your Playstation 4’s DVD drive and it will automatically download it to the system, that way you don’t have to wait for Sony to make it available. This would be an advantage that Playstation owners would have over Xbox owners. Playstation has some great exclusives from past generations that would be great to have on the newest console and might even be the deciding factor in choosing between getting a PlayStation 4 over a Xbox One.
While the Xbox has some fantastic games in its library since the original launch back in 2001, it doesn’t have quite the selection of games that have been available as far back as the creation of the first Playstation that was released in 1994. And in those six years before Microsoft showed up to the console wars, Sony released many games which are still loved by fans such as Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, among others.
I know that if the Playstation 4 was fully backward compatible, that would be enough to convince me to run out and get one immediately. They’re just aren’t enough PS4 Exclusive games to make me want to invest the money for the new console. But give me a backwards compatibility and I’ll be singing a whole different tune. Imagine, having all the Playstation games available from all 4 generations at any time. We’re talking over twenty years of games at your fingertips.
What are your thoughts on Sony not having backwards compatibility like Microsoft has set up? If you don’t have a PS4, would having this feature added to the latest Playstation be enough to convince you to get one? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!