The fat PS3 was able to play PS2 and PS1 games, plus it came with 4 USB ports, SD card reader and a bunch of other stuff. So, why couldn’t Sony make the PS4 like this? Honestly, if it had these characteristics added on to the PS4 it would literally crap on Xbox One by miles.
Should Sony add backwards compatibility to the PS4 to compete with Xbox One?
We know it’s possible to emulate PS3 on the PS4. When the PS3 launched, they included the emotion engine in the phat models. But later on, Sony started releasing PS2 games on PSN that ran on an emulator for the PS3. Sony made a statement saying “never say never” when it came to PS3 emulation on the PS4. We’re positive we won’t get it, cause of PS Now. Yoshida himself said “They have no plans for it”.
PS3 games were designed for a cell technology processing, while PS4, Xbox 360, PS2, and Xbox One all use different technology. So, they most likely won’t find any way to get PS3 games to play on the PS4 at all. They can make PS2 games work on the PS4. Gamers have wanted the PS4 to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games since launch. Since E3 2015, Microsoft announced that it would be adding backwards compatibility for XBOX 360 games to the XBOX ONE. So we finally have it across all three consoles this generation it seems.
The reason PS4 needed backwards compatibility on launch was because the first few games on a new console are always kind of underwhelming and the PS4’s library was pretty mediocre back then. We’d like to see PSP emulators considered. It would make money for Sony, and it would open up the library of PSP exclusives to console gamers. Because Dissidia 012 wouldn’t be better on the big screen, right? The PS3 could originally run PS2 games natively because it had the PS2’s chipset built into it. It was literally a PS2’s guts inside of the PS3. That ended pretty quickly given the increased expense and hardware failure.