DLB talking about the Next gen systems and gives his reasons why backwards compatibility is so important with the next gen consoles.
I disagree I think it's overrated and, although a nice bonus when implemented properly, superfluous to the reason I buy a new console.
I agree its a nice bonus but if Sony use Gakai do we really want to buy our games again for backwards compatibility? As you will certainly have to! Also the new ps4 won't come with CELL so it wont support ps3 games without serious emulation. I got a PS3 already and when PS4 drops it will be worth very little so no point in trading it in towards ps4 so therefore no point in backwards compatibility. However if the new xbox supports it and the PS doesn't the xbox fanboys will make out like its a really important feature when its really not just like with cross gaming chat. They did when the original 360 launched and eventually people just gave up with them.
We won't necessarily have to pay again if the PS4 can just recognise a genuine PS1/2/3 disc it could unlock the game on Gaikai, as long as the disc is in.
I agree that it will be blown massivley out of proportion if one console has it and the other doesn't.
It's not important to me since i'm buying the consoles to play new software
Sony/MS + 3rd parties make too much off HD remakes to care about bc IMO.
Microsoft really didn't have their hands in the whole HD remake craze this generation. The only one I can think of is Halo:Anniversary, and that was them actually redoing the game in a new engine and adding some extras. They did all right, not great, with their BC support for the 360. I think the xbox is the one most likely to do backwards compatibility. Depends on the complications that comes with changing their primary disc format next generation.
Only a select few xbox titles work (without a hitch) on the 360, MS didn't really support BC as much as they should have. They kind of lost interest and dropped it like they dropped the Xbox.
There will be no HD remakes of ps3/360 games on ps4/720 though.. As why would people buy them? Unless the consoles have some amazing feature we cannot live without on our old games. But then would they be compatible? HD remakes worked as we got better graphics and games that wernt available anymore thats not the case this time around. We had great graphics this gen.
From a Business standpoint No. From a Consumer Standoint Yes.
In my opinion it doesn't really matter for Microsoft but I feel like its almost a must for Sony. Something about the ridiculous collection of solid games spanning all the way back to PS1 warrants the ability for backwards comparability to be featured in the PS4
As a collector of vintage games, backwards compatibility is always something I lobby for. Even though I own all the previous sony, nintendo, and sega systems, I think that a console should still include this feature. A lot of people wont think of buying a PS2 or PS3 once the 4 is released, but they still may want to re-visit old favorites. So why restrict them?
i can careless about PS4 being backwards compatible or not, I just want one.
"I can CARELESS"?? It's I CAN'T/COULDN'T CARE (space) LESS. Tee. Hee.
Backwards compatibility for me is huge, I'm almost 28 years old, I still have my games from yesteryear and break them out to play. I believe for the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft that it's even more important for backwards compatibility because of the ecosystem they set forth with Achievements and Trophies, with this generation it didn't matter much to me because previous gens didn't offer them, but now that they do I find myself with over 200 games in my back catalog that I haven't even played. I don't want to keep a PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox 720, Wii U and Gamecube all hooked up, realistically I shouldn't have to. I should be able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on a PS4 and I should be able to play Xbox and Xbox 360 games on the Xbox 720...that is just how I feel about it.
BC is important to myself, and I prefer systems that offer that feature. The PS2, for instance; had an amazing library of PS1/2 games because of its BC with the PS1 system.
I love playing my old games during the dry seasons of releases. My 60gb PS3 is a prized possession because it can play 3 generations of games. I wished the PS4 would continue that. But I don't see that happening, sadly.
I own the original 80gb for the sole reason of being able to play my ps2 games! So for me backwards compatibility is important! On the Wii U I am currently playing Wii games.. Most Wii Games have either been completed or suck!
Why? Why do Sony/Microsoft centric article keep getting tagged into the Wii U section? No one here cares what they do.
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