Jim Ryan has been appointed the new President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and PlayStation fans are worried. The threatening executive is with the Japanese giants since its inception, playing an important role in the company's dominance in the European continent. But he also said some funny things in the media, such as the lack of a PlayStation 4 console play in the fact that kids need to think. Actually, he should get bonus points for the use of Simpsons reference to a small piece of PR spin.
However, the biggest reason for Ryan ire was an off-the-cuff remarks he made about backward compatibility. The executive was quoted as asking why anyone would play older games, but with a context in what he was talking about. Here's the whole quote: "I was in a Gran Turismo event recently where they [the] PSone, PS2, PS3, and PS4 games, and the PSone and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, why anyone play it?" a clumsy comment to say the least, but there is no doubt that some age genres of the game are more beautiful than others. Of course, would you like to choose FIFA International Soccer at FIFA 1
The Architecture Will Reach It
we're not hardware engineers and we're not going to pretend we have – there's Digital Foundry for that. However, we know that much of Sony's decision to adopt x86 architecture for PS4. One of the reasons is that choosing x86 architecture is easier for developers to work on, and this is proved true – through all accounts, the company's current console is a program breeze for comparator to the infinitely more awkward CELL architecture infamously available by the PS3. Another reason? This is proof of the future. This means that when PS5 arrives, it is likely to be built on the exact same architecture, meaning it should not have any real issue running software originally written for PS4.
The PlayStation Store is a Cash Cow
Sony produces sweeping money sums from the PlayStation Store these days, and it does not work to reduce the massive library of software developed in this generation when switching to PS5. While it is true that it abandoned the PS3 storefront, leaving all purchases in the past, it has no choice due to the above CELL architectural issues. Additionally, the PS Store is not established on this last-gen console today – not until the last 18 months of the generation that the titles are being released daily-digitally on the system. People have larger digital libraries these days, and it has higher expectations. Of course, there is also an incentive for Japanese giants to do all this software that is compatible with the PS5, as it can get money in games through future store promotions, and ultimately will have more value in under it
Service Games Big Business Today
The way people use games changes, and if we find it, it's not possible the largest gambling manufacturer in the world. The fact is that titles like Fortnite and Destiny go beyond the traditional model of liberation, where they are mostly on the platform and on their own – evolving, updating, and constantly changing. While there's a great PS5 "update" for future games, Sony will not force you to scratch. Many people are investing heavily in these titles, buying Fight Passes and unlocking theft, and will be unacceptable for the manufacturer to reset your progress to massively popular games driven by service. Backward compatibility is a way to allow these titles to stay in the new generation and beyond.
Sony's Legacy With Ability is Good
Oh how we're up to date! Sony has been painted as almost anti-backward compatibility over the past five years, but its history with its features is really extraordinary. On the six main PlayStation platforms, there are only two that have no backward compatibility with everyone – and one of them is PSone! If we look back, the PS2 can play all the titles of PSone; the PS3 initially can play all the titles of PSone and PS2, and later changed to play all the titles of the PSone; the PSP can play the titles of the digital PSone; PS Vita can play digital PSone and PSP titles. It is basically the PS4 that features this feature, but we are confident that Sony is free to sell you PS3 games through PS Store if the CELL architecture is not a headache. It's clear that PlayStation Now is still an option, but that's a different part of the discussion, so it's not gone right now. The primary is that, in history, it has actually been backed by backward compatibility – perhaps more than many of its competitors.
Jim Ryan Can not Stop It
Even though we assume that Jim Ryan is a bad guy who hates all old games, he can not stop backward compatibility at this point. We know that PS5 is deep in development, and the project may be near completion at this stage. Once the former PlayStation Europe executive takes his new post at the top of the tree on April 1st, he will not have the time or opportunity to make any significant changes to it. So even if you prefer Gran Turismo 2 to Gran Turismo Sport, do not worry about it – backward compatibility with PS4 at the lowest available on PS5, we promise.
Do you worry about backward compatibility with PS5, or do you think it will play PS4 games? Will you switch to another console brand if the PS5 has no backward compatibility, even if it does not play your old PlayStation games? Surprised about Uncle Jim in the comments section below.