Sony’s Jim Ryan Believes Backwards Compatibility Isn’t That Important; Wants to Shift Focus to eSports

Sony’s Jim Ryan isn’t that fond of adding backwards compatibility to PS4.

Backwards compatibility is a feature currently available for Xbox One users, and is one of the most requested features by PS4 users. However, in a recent interview by Time magazine with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe’s boss Jim Ryan, he made it clear that the studio isn’t focusing that much on adding the feature to their console.

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. That, and 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 continued to discuss the growth of eSports in recent years, and the role PlayStation needs to play in that growth.

It’s a subject that is occupying us quite a lot these days, and something we’re looking at very carefully. We’re trying to find precisely what the role of the platform holder is in that value chain. Seeing how we can actually make the whole eSports thing bigger, better, different and bespoke to PlayStation is something you’re going to be hearing quite a lot about in the next year or two.

What do you think of Ryan’s statements?