Update: Don’t worry folks, this was just an April Fools’ joke. There is no confirmation whether the PS5 will be backwards compatible or not, but the quote below is indeed what Shawn Layden said about the PS4 a few years back. Hopefully he’s changed his opinion on it since.
Original: Just recently we reported on a patent that it looks likely that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with previous PlayStation generation consoles, but that dream has just been squashed by the SIE Worldwide Studios President, Shawn Layden.
In an interview with Business Insider, Shawn Layden finally spilled some of the beans. Other than State of Play, Sony have been really quiet, leaving many to speculate that they’re hard at work on the next generation console. With the fantastic support we’ve seen for previous generation games on the Xbox One, there has been much speculation that PS5 will also be backwards compatible with PS4 games at the very least. While it’s something we might consider as a cool feature, Shawn Layden believes that the PS4 is proof that the feature is overrated.
According to him he can’t grasp why on earth people would play ancient games and also says that, though it’s much requested, it’s a feature no one actually uses.
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. The games looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?
We guess the fact that the PS4 has the biggest market share without this particular feature is proof of this. How do you all feel about that? Will you buy the PS5, knowing you can’t play your PS4 (or any other previous PlayStation generation) games on it?