If you are console gamer and haven’t heard the latest and greatest, Sony has announced that they will be coming out with the new PS4 9 months before its release. An article from Peter Suciu from TechNewsWorld states that Sony has promises that the PS4 to be a far more robust machine than its predecessors.
“The system is built on a PC chipset, so it will be far easier to develop for,” Pachter told TechNewsWorld. “Easier means lower cost, and lower cost presumably means more content.”
The system could be friendlier to smaller developers as well, and that could help ease concerns over the lack of compatibility with the existing software library.
“The nice thing about using the x86 platform is they can get a lot of code from the Open Source Linux world and don’t need to do all of the heavy lifting themselves to do major parts of this,” said Enderle. “They could also do drivers for some of the hardware, but it sounds like they may have decided not to in order to increase accessory revenue and avoid reliability problems.”
However with all the great news about this new console (that is not available until the holidays), there are speculations that the PS4 may not be backwards compatible with the PS3 Games.
Its important to keep in mind that the PS3 has an install base of about 77 million, it is unlikely Sony will stop supporting its aging console anytime soon. However, what isn’t clear is which PS3 software — whether discs or PlayStation Network purchases — will actually work on the PS4.
“Lack of backward compatibility means PS4 will not play PS3 games,” said Michael Pachter, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities. However, “there is no issue with PSN titles — those are downloads.”
Would this be something you would want to purchase if there is a probable chance that your games from prior consoles may not work? Maybe Sony is just saying that to scare its current consumer base to migrate their current games in a cloud base so hard copies will no longer be required.
Regardless, it should be interesting to see how Sony will drive their current loyal consumer base.