Shuhei Yoshida Talks PSN Name Changes, PS4 Backwards Compatibility & More

Over on the PlayStation France Twitter account, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida answered a number of questions at Paris Games Week using the hashtag #AskShuhei.

Using answers taken from the included videos in each tweet, and translations of the questions, here’s some of the important answers from the Q&A, which revolve around PSN name changes, PlayStation 3 backwards compatibility on PlayStation 4, and more:

Will you make PS3 games backwards compatible on PS4?


When will we be able to change our PSN names?

“When? I wish I knew! We are aware that lots of people are asking for the feature and our engineers have been looking into what they can do. As soon as we know, we’ll let you know. But as of today, we don’t ever know if we can ever do it properly.”

Will we be getting PSN friend notifications?

“That’s a very, very popular question… Our engineers have been working to enable that feature in the future.”

Are PS1 or PS2 Classics coming to PS4?

“We have no news that we can announce about PS1 Classics or PS2 Classics.”

When’s the PlayStation 5 coming out?

PS5 doesn’t exist so there’s no future PS5 to talk about.”

Is there a new PSP or PS Vita coming?

“We have no news to talk about about the future of portable gaming. Please enjoy PS Vita.”

How many games are Sony first-party studios working on?

“That’s a tough question to answer. We have 14 Sony worldwide studios and we also work with external developers like Quantic Dream or Wild Sheep as well. So it has to be larger than like 30, maybe 40, 50. I have no idea.”

Can we expect a Sony-made JRPG in the near future?


Is Rime still in development?

“The developer is very small and sometimes developers need some time to be able to update so please wait.”

Did the games announced at the Paris Games Week press conference seduce the fans?

“Judging from the reactions on Twitter to me, people liked it.”

Can I wear my glasses when using PlayStation VR?

“It’s super easy. The display part moves out and in so people who wear glasses, like myself, you can just pull out the set and adjust in. So it’s great.”

Do you think that virtual reality may upset the market as did the mobile industry?

“As a technology, I believe, and many people believe, virtual reality tech will a larger impact to people’s lives than mobile does now. But it’s going to take time.”

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[Source: PlayStation France (Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]