Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that current-generation PSN titles will not transfer straight to PS4, but that the company will try to make digital purchases playable “in some form.”
That form could refer to Sony’s longterm plan of making its entire PlayStation back catalogue available on a number of devices, including PS4, through Gaikai-powered cloud streaming.
The wildly different architectures of the PS3 and 4 will make a wholesale import difficult, Yoshida explained to Engadget, but the company will attempt to transfer games that don’t require excessive processing overheads for emulation.
It highlights one of the disadvantages of digital distribution, at least from a consumer perspective, as downloaded game collections cannot be sold on. Looks like we’ll need to keep our PS3s under the TV for a little while longer, then.
See all our PS4 coverage, including gameplay footage, tech specs and hardware imagery using the PS4 tag page.