Hideki Kamiya Finds Out that the PS4 Isn’t Backwards Compatible, Calls it “Malicious”

Hideki Kamiya Finds Out that the PS4 Isn’t Backwards Compatible, Calls it “Malicious”

Hideki Kamiya has been working exclusively on the Wii U for a while, and apparently he hasn’t been very much in touch with the news about the PS4. Today he finally discovered that Sony’s new console isn’t backwards compatible, and didn’t really take it well.

The PS4, does it play downloaded games transferred from the PS3?

Another Twitter user responded that it’s not possible and Kamiya-san continued:

Eh? You can’t?

Hey Hey… The hardware in the fool’s room only keeps increasing…

Why did you do something so malicious Sony-paisen…

[“paisen” is a flipped version of “senpai,” which means “senior,” and is often used by youngsters to mock their seniors]

Does it have the arcade classics or did the PS4 just launch like this?

So those that bought a PS4 did they also keep their PS3?

He actually went on complaining about it for quite a while, for instance on how they occupy two HDMI ports. To be fair, it sounds a lot funnier in Japanese then it does in English, since Kamiya-san has a very peculiar way of writing (and it’s also hell to translate).

One thing is for sure, Kamiya-san isn’t the only one that didn’t react too happily at the lack of backwards compatibility of the PS4 (or of the Xbox One), but it’s funny to see a prominent game developer so surprised considering the radical difference in architecture between the two generations.