Backwards Compatibility

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There are no backwards compatible hardware parts inside the PS4 :(

Backwards compatibility[edit]

Hardware[edit]

Software[edit]

  • PS3 disc/media will not work directly.
  • (PS1/PSone, PS2/PStwo) PS3 game support via cloud service.

Comparison Table[edit]

"you can emulate with a PC, 90% of the things that the PS4 will never do, by just turning it off."
Controllers
Function \ Platform PC PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Xbox Xbox360 Xbox One Remarks
Dualshock 1 Yes
(with par.port or USB adaptor)
Yes Partial
(not all games)
Partial
(not all games, only with USB converter)
No No No No No No
Dualshock 2 Yes
(with par.port or USB adaptor)
No Yes Yes
(only with USB converter)
No No No No No No
SixAxis Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Dualshock 3 Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Arcadestick (PS3) Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Dualshock 4 Yes No No No Yes No No No No No
EyeToy Yes No Yes Partial
(as Chatcamera)
 ? No No No No No
PS3 Eye Yes No No Yes  ? No No No No No
PS3 Move Yes No No Yes  ? No No No No No
PS4 Move Yes No No No Yes No No No No No
Wii Remote / Wii Remote Plus Yes No No Partial
(not all games, only with USB converter)
No Yes Yes No No No
Wii Nunchuk attachement Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No No
Wii Classic Controller attachement Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No No
Wii Balance Board Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No No
WiiU Game Pad Yes No No No No No Yes No No No
WiiU Pro Controller Yes No No No No No Yes No No No
Xbox Controller / Xbox Controller S Yes No No Partial
(not all games, only with USB converter)
No No No Yes No No
Xbox 360 Controller Yes No No Partial
(not all games, only with USB converter)
No No No Yes
(but only a few titles and you'll need Xbox Live to download emulation profiles)
Yes No
Xbox One Controller Yes No No No No No No No No Yes
Disc Media
Function \ Platform PC PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Xbox Xbox360 Xbox One Remarks
PS/PSone discs Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
PS2/PStwo discs Yes No Yes Partial
(only older models)
 ? No No No No No
PS3 discs Partial
(Dump only, Theoretical)
No No Yes No
(only older Launch Title Upgrades)
No No No No No
PS4 discs Partial
(Dump only, Theoretical)
No No No Yes No No No No No
Wii discs Partial No No No No Yes Yes No No No
WiiU discs Partial
(Dump only, Theoretical)
No No No No No Yes No No No
Xbox discs Partial
(Theoretical)
No No No No No No Yes No No
Xbox 360 discs Partial
(Dump only, Theoretical)
No No No No No No No Yes Yes
(but only a few titles)
Xbox one discs Partial
(Dump only, Theoretical)
No No No No No No No No Yes
Used Game discs without repay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Lending games to friend/brother without repay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Games continue to work beyond lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
MultiMedia
Function \ Platform PC PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Xbox Xbox360 Xbox One Remarks
Audio CD Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Compressed Audio (MP3/AAC) Yes Partial
with MP3 addon on older models
Yes
with homebrew
Yes Yes
but only via USB and DLNA/Homemade Webserver
Yes
with homebrew
Yes
with homebrew
Yes
with homebrew
Yes  ?
Super Audio CD (SACD) Partial
(Dump only)
No No Partial
(only older models)
No No No No No No
DVD-A Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes  ?
VideoCD Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
DVD Video Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
(only with oldest patchable drive and added homebrew)
No Yes
(add-on required)
Yes  ?
HD-DVD Video Yes No No Yes
with 360 HD-DVD addon and homebrew software + firmware modifications
 ? No No No Yes
with 360 HD-DVD addon
No
BD-Video Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Compressed A/V (AVCHD/H.264/MP4/DivX/WMV) Yes No Yes
with homebrew
Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Homebrew / Linux / Community changes
Function \ Platform PC PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Xbox Xbox360 Xbox One Remarks
Homebrew Yes Yes
Caetla
(or when modified)
Yes
PS2 Linux kit
(or when modified)
Yes
OtherOS
(or when modified)
No Yes
Only when modified
Yes
Only when modified
Yes
Only when modified
Yes
Only when modified
No
Linux Yes Partial
(bare kernel, only 2MB useable)
Yes
PS2 Linux kit
(or when modified)
Yes
OtherOS
(or when modified)
No Yes
with homebrew
Yes
with homebrew
Yes
with homebrew
Yes
with homebrew
No
Drivepatches Yes Yes
modchips, swapmagic
Yes
modchips, swapmagic, softmods and isoloaders
Yes
swapmagic, softmods and isoloaders
No Yes
drivechips, softmods and isoloaders
Yes
drivechips, softmods and isoloaders
Yes
drivechips, softmods and isoloaders
Yes
drivechips, softmods and isoloaders
No
Peripherals
Function \ Platform PC PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Xbox Xbox360 Xbox One Remarks
Mouse Yes Yes
(proprietary)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyboard Yes Yes
(proprietary)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Harddrive (Internal) Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Harddrive (External) Yes No Yes
(when modified)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Printer Yes No Yes
(with Linux)
Yes
(some Canon, Epson and HP)
 ? No No No No No
Storage
Function \ Platform PC PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Xbox Xbox360 Xbox One Remarks
Memory Only limited by userchosen hardware 3.5 MB 26 MB 512 MB 8 GB 91 MB 2 GB 64 MB 512 MB 8 GB
Disc Storage (max) Only limited by userchosen hardware 650 MB 8.54 GB 50 GB 50 GB 8.54 GB 25 GB 8.54 GB 8.54 GB
(15-30 GB HD-DVD)
50 GB
Audio + Video Output
Function \ Platform PC PS1 PS2 PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Xbox Xbox360 Xbox One Remarks
Video Resolution Only limited by userchosen hardware 256×224 to 640×480 256×224 to 1920×1080 480i/576i SD up to 1080p HD up to 1080p HD (games) / up to 3840×2160 (Video/Photo) up to 480i/480p/576i up to 1080p up to 1080i up to 1080p up to 3840×2160 (unsure which content)
Audio Only limited by userchosen hardware analog stereo + Dolby Surround/Dolby Pro Logic analog stereo + Dolby Surround/Dolby Pro Logic, optical Dolby Digitial/DTS analog stereo + Dolby Surround/Dolby Pro Logic, optical Dolby Digitial/DTS analog stereo + Dolby Surround/Dolby Pro Logic, optical Dolby Digitial/DTS, LPCM 1.0, 2.0 and 5.1 over HDMI analog stereo analog stereo, LPCM 1.0, 2.0 and 5.1 over HDMI analog stereo
(optical with added Xbox Advanced AV Pack or Xbox High Definition AV Pack for optical Dolby Digitial/DTS)
analog stereo + Dolby Surround/Dolby Pro Logic, optical Dolby Digitial/DTS, on models with HDMI: LPCM 1.0, 2.0 and 5.1 over HDMI analog stereo + Dolby Surround/Dolby Pro Logic, optical Dolby Digitial/DTS, LPCM 1.0, 2.0 and 5.1 over HDMI

Note:

  • The GameStick, NVIDIA Shield, Ouya, and Steam Box are attempting to compete in this market; however these are seldom referred to as "eighth generation consoles".
  • There are legitimate ways to enjoy media using XBMC/OpenELEC on many devices (e.g. Ouya, Raspberry Pi, PC etc.). You can watch virtually anything anywhere anyhow, without needing a subscription, signup, online connection or any other means that lock you out of your rights or trying to steal your money with monthly fees.

Non PS4 disc errors[edit]

inserting non-PS4 discs gives you a various errors.

(What happens When You stick This Type Of Disc In Your PS4)

Disc Icon Result Time
PS1-CD "Unsupported Disc" "This disc is not supported by the PS4" 0:37
PS2-CD "Unsupported Disc" "This disc is not supported by the PS4" N.A.
PS2-DVD "Unsupported Disc" "This disc is not supported by the PS4" 1:14
PS3-BD "Unsupported Disc" "Cannot play Playstation®3 format disc" 2:41
DVD-movie "DVD" "Button Guide" and plays fine 3:17
Blu-Ray movie "Blu-Ray Disc" "Do you want to allow Blu-Ray Disc videos to connect to the Internet while they are playing?" and plays fine 6:31
X360 "DVD" plays the DVD movie track "To play this disc, put it in an Xbox 360 console" 10:00
Wii "Corrupted Data" "The data is corrupted" 11:03
Swap Magic DVD "Unsupported Disc" "This disc is not supported by the PS4" 11:48
Swap Magic CD "Unrecognised Disc" "Cannot recognise the disc" 12:32
PS4-BD TitleID and param.sfo set images (KillZone Shadow Fall) 13:11

Upgrade to PS4 instead of PS3 Backwards Compatibility[edit]


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