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

on May 15, 2014 9:34 AM

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.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.