The PlayStation 4 won't offer backwards compatibility, even though Sony said it was a "tough decision" to ditch the popular feature.

You'll be able to utilize the new Gaikai cloud service to gain access to old PlayStation games, but the machine itself won't be able to play discs from past consoles. That means there's going to be a lot of games in your library you won't be able to play. Many find this to be, at the very least, discouraging.

So when you get the PS4, do you plan to keep your PS3? Or maybe the more accurate question is, do you intend to keep your PS3 hooked up? Me, I only see the PS4 as offering more of the same gameplay experiences, only with better overall performance, so the PS4 will replace the PS3 in my entertainment center. I've explained in the past why I can't see going back to play PS3 games, and why I'm much more likely to return to PS1 and PS2 titles. That's because there are gameplay styles and mechanics that have died out (such as turn-based RPGs) that I can't really find on the newer consoles. This is why my PS2 (which can play PS1 games, remember?) will remain hooked up right next to my PS4.

I just can't see much reason to keep the PS3 running. Why would I play Uncharted 3 when Uncharted 4 is out on the PS4? Why would I play Gran Turismo 5 when I could be playing Gran Turismo 6 ? The only thing that might dissuade me is future must-have PS3 exclusives, provided Sony has some in store after the PS4 releases. Don't forget that last generation, God of War II released on the PS2 several months after the PS3 was on store shelves. So what about you? What's your plan for your PS3?

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Kiryu
Kiryu
8 years ago

I still have my Playstation 1 hooked to a standard tv

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
8 years ago

still have my original ps2 (still works) and my fat 60gb ps3 (dead)
so yeah of course i'm gonna keep my slim regardless of the need to play ps3 games

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
8 years ago

I'm going to keep my Ps3 hooked up right next to my Ps4.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
8 years ago

I'll keep my PS3 hooked up until I get through my backlog. Once that happens, then I will probably retire it. After a few PS4 games, I will probably lose all desire to go back to playing the PS3.

Just like with the PS2 and the PS1 before it. And like those previous consoles, it will hold a special place in my heart.

fatelementality
fatelementality
8 years ago

Every game or console I have EVER gotten rid of I regret to this day. Well, except the Virtual Boy. Talk about seeing red…..and I wasn't even angry.

Jed
Jed
8 years ago

I'm the same way. Damn I wish I still had my N64!

firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

Dude how could you get rid of a N64?! It was an amazing game console!

Akuma_
Akuma_
8 years ago

I currently own every playstation generation, and I will continue to do so. I am a collector 🙂

The X Factor 9
The X Factor 9
8 years ago

Who wouldn't? Getting rid of it seems ridiculous. As far as I'm concerned, the PS3 has another good 12-18 months left.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
8 years ago

yup my ps3 is staying hooked up until I beat and platinum every game in my backlog.. whichll take LONG after the PS4 hits lol

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
8 years ago

I haven't played my PS2 in years, but I still have it tucked away in a box in a closet somewhere. I imagine I'll hang in to my PS3 as well, even after I stop playing it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I don't have much choice now do i? The backlog has to be whittled down somehow.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/8/2013 11:54:41 PM

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

I am, it's been less than a 100 bucks a year and no failure.

JROD0823
JROD0823
8 years ago

I keep ALL of my consoles, it must be the sentimentalist in me.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
8 years ago

When there's so many games left to play on the PS3, I'd say it'll remain my main console for the next 3-4 years.
Then I'll get a PS4.

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
8 years ago

I'm going to need a bigger shelf to keep my PS1 (some memory cards aren't readable on PS2 :P), 2, and 3 along with the PS4 hooked up.. without having a fire hazard.


Last edited by VampDeLeon on 4/9/2013 12:29:38 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Ben, you and I think alike. I typically dont go back to older games (or systems) when a newer one is out. I love Uncharted 3 but when Uncharted 4 comes out on PS4 it will be just a memory. Although I may play Uncharted: DF ;). Anyways I like to savor games to the point I have no reason to go back to them. But this time ill be keeping my PS3 just in case. As I said earlier today getting rid of my PS2 was a huge mistake.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
8 years ago

Same here. There are plenty of games out there for the PS3 that I love but will not go back to when the PS4 is up and running in my house.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

My PS3 ain't going no where. There's so many titles of 'timeless' value on it now. Games that may never see a PS4 re-release. I imagine the PS3 won't go away anytime soon either. This thing, I have no doubt, will stay on the market for a solid 10 years after PS4.

touchyourtoes
touchyourtoes
8 years ago

My PS3 will likely end up being sold. I still have my PS1 and PS2 but every single time I hook either of them up, I disconnect them within 10-15 minutes and put them away for another 6-12 months. The only consoles I wish I still had are the NES and SNES, but RetroN 5 will be solving that problem for me shortly.

firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

ofcourse! I'll probably never get rid of it.

If I didn't break my ps1 I would probably still have that. And I some how have 3 ps2s 2 of which are hooked up to tvs.

Phoenix
Phoenix
8 years ago

While I usually keep my older consoles hooked up, unless a newer model has BC, this time around I'm going to put the PS3 away most likely for good. IMO it's been a horrible gen for games, and my PS3 library shows it.

Of course this is assuming I'm ever going to pick up a PS4, time will tell on that one.

firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

This generation I actually ended up geting more awesome games than any generation before.

Phoenix
Phoenix
8 years ago

This gen brought about lazy dev work by many of them, not to mention most of the great franchises being ruined because they were trying to get a piece of the CoD pie. Ah well, to each their own.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
8 years ago

I'll probably sell the majority of my games off and only keep the ones I consider *gems*. I am done with this gen and moved to PC for now. (with only a few exclusive exceptions!) Bought all the recent games on my computer and hooked it to my TV playing the games with a PS3 controller! haha. I like to purchase the best version of games and until next winter that will be on PC 😛

I will be getting the PS4 day one and return to consoles at that point! Can't wait!

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
8 years ago

Well unlike the ps2, ps3 has wireless rechargeable controllers. And blu-ray, and a large catalog or downloaded games on it. So yeah I am keeping it

Jed
Jed
8 years ago

I will definitely be keeping my PS3, and it will probably be hooked up until I finish my backlog. There are a good number of launch games coming out for the PS4, but definitely not enough to keep me as busy as the PS3.

I sold my PS1 to get a PS2, and then traded my PS2 for my PS3 since I got the 60gb fatty (that runs to this day). I still have every SEGA console I've owned, but I wish I still had the old Playstation consoles and my N64. I pawned that for a guitar.


Last edited by Jed on 4/9/2013 2:45:21 AM

Hand_of_Sorrow
Hand_of_Sorrow
8 years ago

i'll be keeping my ps3 and hooked up. i like returning
to the capital wasteland once and awhile 🙂

___________
___________
8 years ago

nope.
theres far too few ps3 games ill ever want to go back to, so whats the point?
not to mention EB always for some reason triple the trade in value upon a systems replacement, which kinda makes it hard to say no.
i remember saying no ill never sell my ps2, then EB announced the trade in values towards the 60GB ps3 and well that was that.
not to mention the ps3s woeful reliability!
keeping it now, after having it for quite a while is quite a financial risk.
might as well get rid of it now when its actually worth something!

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
8 years ago

I will be keeping my PS3, I do not like selling any of the consoles I buy. lol

JoshBall
JoshBall
8 years ago

I've still got my 60GB baby which I've reflowed twice and just had it reballed to keep it going, me and my friends do still play PS1 and PS2 games quite often so I would hate to lose that feature as I sold my PS2 years back! As others have said I've always regretted selling my consoles so I'll try and keep my PS3 for as long as possible!

mick
mick
8 years ago

I'll be trading in my PS3 towards a PS4 – it will help offset the initial cost of the system. Only game I have coming for PS3 is Last of Us – other than that, and finishing Journey, the only game I play consistently on the PS3 is BC2…

JoshBall
JoshBall
8 years ago

Can't forget Beyond: Two Souls!

PC_Max
PC_Max
8 years ago

No brainer here. I have all my Playstations either in storage or connected to the glare screen. PS3 stays out until I get tired of the games I have and they stop producing new ones for it that are worth playing.

Well it stays out longer if I do not pick up the PS4 right away. That goes without saying.

Keep Playing!

Teddie9
Teddie9
8 years ago

There's still so much to play – I can't imagine getting rid of the console anytime soon.

afelhofer
afelhofer
8 years ago

My PS3 will play PS1 and PS2 games. So, I will probably have it hooked up indefinitely. You just can get good RPGs this generation.

Sandtech
Sandtech
8 years ago

For me, backward capability on the PS4 is not an issue. I already guessed that b/c was a “no go” just looking at the PS3’s history. Combine that with the PS4 having a new architecture and it is not hard to see the righting all over the walls. Between my PS3 game collection, Netflix, and a great Blue Ray player, I will keep my PS3 (fatty) for a very long time.

slugga_status
slugga_status
8 years ago

The PS3 will be next to the PS4 without a question..

AshT
AshT
8 years ago

Oh im definitely keeping my PS3, have a huge backlog of PS3 games.

Ves
Ves
8 years ago

As long as it keep working, I'm keeping it.

Still ahve a big backlog to work through

big6
big6
8 years ago

Not only am I keeping my PS3, but I just bought another one last week! =)

gumbi
gumbi
8 years ago

I'll definitely be keeping my PS3 out for a couple more years anyway. My backlog is still waaay too big.

telly
telly
8 years ago

I'll definitely trim down the catalogue a bit, as I bought and played plenty of games this generation that I don't anticipate ever wanting to play again. But there are enough great games that really struck a chord with me that I couldn't possibly part with, so the system stays. I just don't have room to keep everything hooked up at once, but I'd rather have it in a box in the closet than not at all.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

That depends on Sony Ben. If Home and the PS Plus subscription content is not carried over to PS4, then even after I clear my backlog on PS3, I will want my PS3 to remain active.

PS3addict
PS3addict
8 years ago

I will be picking up a new ps3 next month to store as I have way too many PS3 games in my backlog. Also I have close to 1K tracks in RB3 and I need to keep those around.


Last edited by PS3addict on 4/9/2013 12:38:11 PM

Twistedfloyd
Twistedfloyd
8 years ago

I will keep my PS3 hooked up probably, of course I thought the same about my PS2 and PS1.

I don't anticipate getting a PS4 for at least 3 years or so, so my PS3's going to get a workout for a while.

Ninja_WafflesXD
Ninja_WafflesXD
8 years ago

I don't see why not 🙂

I still have my PS2 hooked up to the TV…heck, even my Snes is still hooked up to the TV.

If there's still games I want to re-visit every now and again, I'm too lazy to mess about with putting anything into storage and then taking it out again…

smileys_007
smileys_007
8 years ago

I'll keep my ps3 cuz i'm gonna let my future children play the games that I have enjoyed playing on the ps3.. ^_^

trumpetmon65
trumpetmon65
8 years ago

the games will be much much cheaper. I'm going to work on the back catalogue of games I couldn't afford to get before and get them from super super cheap. oh the goodness

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
8 years ago

I will keep mine hooked up for sure. I still have several systems stacked in a display right next to my TV and I play all of them from time to time, in fact last week I hooked up the Dreamcast and played Armada and Shenmue for several hours each.

Nobody puts my systems in the corner!