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PSN purchases from Playstation Store will not work on PS4 at launch say Sony. What does this mean for consumers?
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment has recently replied to a user on Twitter regarding a question over current Playstation 3,Vita and DLC content purchased via the Playstation store.
So this means that all those purchases you have made previously will not work on Playstation 4, well at least not at launch. We kind of already knew this but there was a small part of me that hoped Sony would have it worked out for launch. Seems that we will have to wait for the cloud streaming service that Sony recently acquired to have backwards compatibility with previous software.
It has been previously confirmed that the streaming cloud based service from Gaikai will hit Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 sometime in 2014. It’s currently unknown whether your current game library will have to be purchased again in order to use the content, or if a discount scheme will be offered for games you already own.
Does this mean that we will have to wait till next year for backwards compatibility? Many consumers are very fond of their current generation consoles and probably won’t be willing to trade them in just yet, so we can’t really see the wait for backwards compatibility becoming a huge issue. Back in 2006 when the Playstation 3 was released Sony offered early adopters the chance to play Playstation 2 games on the release models of the PS3, included on the 20GB and 60GB versions. The feature then went on to be removed when later editions were released. Digital downloads of Playstation 1 and 2 are now available on the Playstation Store. But will these work on PS4?
One thing that this could mean is that consumers may prefer to spend their hard earned cash on the physical copies of games in the future rather than an invisible digital download that could be rendered worthless in a few years from now. At least physical copies can be traded in. On the other hand, there is a higher possibility of your digital content working on your PS4 than your hard copies. At least Sony know that you have purchased the content via your PSN ID and may hopefully offer this content free or at the very least a discounted price when the new cloud service comes into play on your Playstation 4. Questions are also being asked on what will happen to your Playstation Plus content? A Playstation Plus subscription is required to play most games online with the PS4. If you’ve had a subscription before you should have access to a great catalogue of titles that Sony give away free or at a great discounted price as a bonus for using the service. Will Sony make this content compatible with the Playstation 4?
What do you think about PSN purchases not working on the PS4. For most it was plain obvious, but there is people out there confused over the situation. Has this put you off future digital download purchases? Is backwards compatibility important to you?
Let us know in the comments below.