Been here too many times before. These early rumors almost always end up being proven as the creation of some writer looking for hits on their website.
And if it's the patent I saw the other day that they're using as evidence (Something about an identifier that will make the CPU downgrade to an older standard, much like the Wii when running GameCube games does), they're really stretching things to suggest this sort of conclusion based off of it.
And with Sony's success and arrogance, I'd frankly just be happy if the disc drive is still present on the PS4 and that our PS4 software transfers forward. Really no excuse this time like Sony and Microsoft had the last time out of the gate. These things are very much like PC's today and all rumors point towards that still being the case with the Xbox 4 and Playstation 5.
Sony saw an opportunity early this generation to be consumer friendly and it paid off handsomely. But time and again since those early days, it has appeared that they're coasting instead of still trying to win us over, such as making people pay all over again for the same PS2 game that they had bought digitally off the PS3 store.
If anyone has grand backwards compatibility plans for this upcoming generation, I predict it will be Microsoft. Unlike Sony, they're working hard in catch-up mode to make fan friendly decisions thanks to their distant 2nd place position. I suspect it will be them that go the extra mile while Sony will perhaps play it a bit safe with the same fallacy they had exiting the PS2 era.
150 million PS2's didn't automatically win the race the next generation and it won't seal the deal for Sony this time, either.
Edited by Atariboy, Mon Feb 4, 2019 12:08 PM.