Shortly after the announcement was made that Microsoft was making the Xbox One backward compatible with Xbox 360 games, people started thinking that Sony may have something to say about it during their press conference. They did not. It seems that Sony is curious about their technology to make it happen but that is about it.
“The backward compatibility news was interesting,” said Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Computer Entertainment’s head of worldwide studios. “The technology involved must be very challenging.”
Earlier in the week, Xbox head of publishing Shannon Loftis said the Xbox One will essentially be running an Xbox 360 emulator and that the decision to create support on the Xbox One for a number of 360 titles — a hundred by this holiday — was driven by that company’s desire to offer more options to gamers.
“I still play some Xbox 360 titles,” she said. “I love them and I have a big investment in them, both emotionally and financially.”
“The announcement didn’t change,” Yoshida said, “I don’t think we will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t have backward compatibility.”
This decision for the non-backwards compatibility for the PlayStation is the reason they developed PlayStation Now, their game streaming service. Sony has poured quite a bit of money into that service but the slow addition of PS3 game could be a turning point for people wondering which system to purchase. Sony may have some competition to deal with.