PS4 Can’t Play PS3 Games, Can Display 4K Movies, and More

Ever since Sony finished their PS4 conference we’ve been learning more and more about the new system. Today Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida revealed more information about the new system and expanded on some info from the conference. To begin with he stated that the PS4 will in no way, shape, or form be able to play any PS3 games, be it retail discs or games digitally downloaded from the PlayStation Network, including “arcade” games like Journey. The reason for this is because the PS4 uses a completely different architecture and would be impossible to emulate right off the bat. However, that doesn’t mean emulation is completely out of the question sometime down the road. Eventually services like the new PlayStation Cloud, via Gaikai could theoretically allow all legacy PlayStation games to be streamed to the new console and even the Vita, but this will take time to setup so players shouldn’t expect any sort of backwards compatibility whatsoever at launch. To ease the blow Shuhei Yoshida did confirm that store-bought PS4 discs can be traded in or sold to other players as the system will not include a used game lock-out technology like some people feared.

Yoshida-san also confirmed that remote play will be there day one of the PS4 launch and will allows PlayStation Vita owners to stream their PS4 games directly to their Vitas from anywhere in the house. While it’s possible this could be extended further later on, for now the idea is to mimic what the Wii U does and allows players to continue playing their PS4 games even when the TV is in use by another family member. He said that virtually all PS4 games will have remote play, except those that use the Move controller or other special input devices.

Lastly Yoshida-san talked about 3D and 4K. He said that while the PS4 can play videogames in 3D much better than the PS3 did, and will certainly be able to display 3D Blu-ray movies, it was no longer a big push for the company. As a whole Sony is moving away from 3D as it hasn’t caught on as the industry would have hoped. He also confirmed the PS4 will be able to display 4K movies and pictures, but not videogames. Overall that’s about in line with what we expected, and good news for movie fans.

So there you have it everyone, the latest on the PS4. We’ll have much more in the coming days, weeks, and months leading up to the system’s release.

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