In an interview with Time, one that admittedly covers multiple subjects such as VR, the changing console market and mid-generational refreshes, and just how damn well PlayStation is doing goshdarnit, Sony’s Shawn Layden verbally spat on the idea of backwards compatibility.
He may well be right about the concept of demand versus actual use — and Sony no doubt has some date on this — but in saying “ 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?”, he is casting aside both the memories that people had with these titles, as well as the simple matter of preservation.
Or, for that matter, the way in which Microsoft has leveraged older games as pre-order incentives. Very few people likely actually want to turn to piracy to spend a hazy afternoon with an old copy of Silent Hill 2 or Sands of Time.
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