Microsoft surprised everyone at E3 2015 by announcing the Xbox One will be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. Sadly, it looks like Sony is not following suit.
PlayStation Europe boss, Jim Ryan, confirmed this in a new interview with MCV. Ryan said that Sony will not be “following the same tactic” because other updates are being implemented.
The PS4 has focused on things like “SharePlay, on things like Play as you Download, and things like Suspend/Resume“, he said.
Ryan kind of waffled on, but he said that Sony is “taking a different path” and that there aren’t enough “software engineers in the world” to do everything.
He then nicely stated that it’s great that Microsoft decided to take a different approach with the Xbox One. He said their “choice is entirely legitimate“. However, he also likes how Sony has made its own choices with the PS4.
Ryan then concluded that having two choices is healthy, but he feels PS4 may not go to the backwards compatible route. He reiterated the early PS3 models were backwards compatible with PS2 games, but “it’s not so greatly used“.
From Ryan’s interview, it sounds like Sony won’t add backward compatibility mainly because they feel not many people will use it. It also sounds like the PS4 will stay the way it is for the time being.