The Playstation Four

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So who here is excited for the coming of the PS4? I know I am, and not for the reasons you may think.
I missed most of the PS2 generation, all the good games and so on. I caught a few here and there but for the most part I missed it. I am hoping that Sony follows suit with how they did the PS3/PS1 thing. How so many great PS1 games made their way onto PS3/PSP/PSVita and put backwards compatability for PS2 games in the PS4.
I know why they didn’t want/removed the PS2 compatability from the PS3, it directly would compete with PS2 system sales and might have stopped the few games that did make it to PS2 to never happen. It’s why there will not be (at first) the ability for the PS4 to play PS3 games. Hopefully Sony has accepted now that the PS2 as a console is done and now they can digitally release every good PS2 game onto the PS4/PSVita. I am looking forward to being able to enjoy the PS2 generation for pretty much the first time, if they actually do what I’m talking about.
If not, I do have a PS2 still and I guess I can start looking for used copies of old games, but personally I am more than happy to pay a little more for a digital copy I can play on my PSVita or my Future PS4.

What games from the PS2 would you like to see on the PS4/PSVita? Would the ability to play PS2 games influence your decision to buy or not buy a PS4/PSVita?

-Cortical

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One Response to The Playstation Four

  1. 6lade says:

    From what I could tell from PS4 announcement they had last week, from a hardware perspective the PS4 will not be backwards compatible with any of the previous generations. What I took away from it is that Sony is working on building a cloud based system that will let you stream PS1, PS2, and PS3 games to your PS4. I would imagine that means all the processing will happen on the back end before the game ever reaches the PS4. Kind of like how OnLive delivers games to your PC. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like this will be available at launch and Sony did not give any type time frame for it. The good thing here is that this potentially opens up the entire Sony library to the PS4. The bad thing is that if you have a crappy internet connection or no connection at all, this is not going to work for you. The interesting thing to see is how Sony decides to price this service. They could go the pay for each game method. That wouldn’t be that big a deal for old out of print PS1 or PS2 games, but I could see people getting angry if they have to pay to play a PS3 game they just bought 6 months ago. Another option would be to add it their PS+ service. While I think this probably the best idea, I don’t see it happening. Sure it would bring in more subscribers but considering how cheap the PS+ service is, it doesn’t really maximize their profit potential. I think the most likely option is that they will make it a monthly all you can eat subscription service. If priced right, I think people would buy into it with minimal grumbling. But however that unfolds, it looks like the system might not be backwards compatible at launch, so we may have to hold onto our older Playstations for a bit longer. As for me and PS2 games, I still have my Gen 1 PS3 which plays all of my PS2 games, they didn’t completely rid the system of PS2 backward compatibility until the later gen models came out. I am looking forward to the new system, its social capabilities don’t impress me that much, but the fact that I can use it to stream PS4 games to my Vita is a big win. Plus the new controller looks sweet! I did find it odd that they introduced their new console without actually showing us their new console and I am also not looking forward to finding out how expensive its going to be.

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