I’ve dabbled a bit in fighting games in the past, so I’m far from an expert. One thing I do know is that good quality fight sticks are expensive. To get professional-grade, long-lasting sticks, you’ll likely be paying a couple hundred dollars. Unfortunately in the case of PlayStation, your PlayStation 3 stick won’t work on your PlayStation 4. So if you want to play some PS4 fighting games, you could either get yourself a brand new stick or hold out for driver support. For the latter, Lab Zero Games has you covered.
Lab Zero Games, the developer of the 2D fighting game Skullgirls, has developed a driver that allows for PS3 stick compatibility with their upcoming PS4 port. The driver has been approved by Sony for use with Skullgirls PS4 and Lab Zero has begun a public testing phase.
However, this doesn’t mean that every PS4 fighting game will support backwards compatibility. Since this isn’t an official PS4 feature, the driver has to be implemented into every game, meaning that it’s up to each developer to decide to add this feature. Luckily, Lab Zero is making the driver free of charge and any developer can get their hand on it if they ask.
Backwards compatibility seemed to be the first thing thrown out the window when we transitioned to this generation of consoles, with the exception of the Wii U. As such, it’s always nice to see when your peripherals don’t just suddenly become paperweights. I agree with the sentiment made by Lab Zero CEO Peter Bartholow, in that it’s better for the consumer and the industry to spend money on games instead of having to get new peripherals.
Skullgirls, currently referred to as Skullgirls Encore due to past publishing issues, will be releasing on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2015. This version is also currently available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Steam.