As a vet­er­an PlaySta­tion gamer I have pret­ty much accept­ed that I will not get back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty on any PlaySta­tion con­sole I pur­chase. It real­ly sucks that a huge chunk of the great library of games avail­able through out the PlayStation’s his­to­ry are no longer playable on your PlaySta­tion con­sole. Some games got “remas­tered” and sell for at least $40 and oth­ers are avail­able through Sony’s PlaySta­tion Now stream­ing ser­vice, Both options requir­ing you to pur­chase anoth­er copy of the game.

Some old­er PlaySta­tion games are not avail­able to be played on the new con­soles at all.

An exec from Sony seems to have addressed back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty, giv­ing us a look at what Sony’s offi­cial view on the fea­ture. PlaySta­tion Europe’s Jim Ryan talked about back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty in a new inter­view

When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much,”

I guess I can kind of see where he is com­ing from, Every­one I know, myself includ­ed, used back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty rarely on our launch PS3s. The fea­ture was usu­al­ly only used when I was feel­ing nos­tal­gic or when we were hav­ing a get togeth­er at our place.

-I was at a Gran Tur­is­mo event recent­ly where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would any­body play this?”- Sony’s Jim Ryan

I don’t even know what to say about that last com­ment. He seems to have missed the whole point in gamers enjoy­ing old­er games.

Ryan’s com­ments are not the first Sony has made about the miss­ing fea­ture. PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshi­da said

Backward compatibility is hard,” 

I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that.”

It again looks like back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty wont be com­ing to the PS4 any­time soon.