Backwards Compatibility is the hot topic of the Next-Gen Scene. Think we're being spoiled by it?
I don't really care for it. I buy next-gen consoles to play next-gen games. If I wanted to play an older game, I'll just download an emulator, or get out my old system.
Truth be told....Backwards Compatibility is over hype and over rated. Its not really that deep. Seriously. Not having it didn't stop MS or Sony from succeeding and it won't. PERIOD!
Its problematic when systems don't last too long, my ps3 ylod a while ago and i don't want to buy another with ps4 on the way, but i really want play TLOU and Ni No Kuni.
I agree completely overrated. There aren't any games that I really want to go back and play. Sometimes you might want to bust out the old system to play an old game but when I do I get bored fast. It is just not the same experience it once was with old games. I have too many other things to do than go back and play old games. I can barely keep up with current ones.
It represents a convenience that is meant to extend the relevancy of a previous platforms library while development of the next gen games is in process. If we go back to the Atari 7800 (for example). Not only was it able to play its own selection of games made specifically for it, but its ability to play the 2600 games gave people the bonus of a selection of games they may not have had the chance to play. i mean yeah they could go out and get a 2600 and the games or just simply buy the games and know they were forward compatible on their 7800. The same idea holds true for the GBA and its ability to play GB/GBC games or the PS2 and it being able to play the PS1 games. the quality in many cases actually improves when playing an older game on a newer system. Mainly in part to the improved connection to the TV that was not present in the original system. Like how a PS2 can connect via component and playing a ps1 game is much clearer than playing it on composite or Svideo. With the improved clarity comes a more noticeable imperfections but again...some actually prefer to have as clear an image as can be. Also, how the BC is achieved can either lead to improvements in the games and how they play or it creates more of a hindrance which results in the ...why bother way of thinking. I can play PS2 games on my PS3 with HDMI but the PS2 emulation the PS3 offers isnt on the same level as an actual PS2 (mine is the 80gb unit with soft/bc) and i have seen the original 20/60gb units produce better visuals and playability because they used hardware bc internally. The wii-u and its ability to play wii games better than the wii adds to that convenience to many who may not have gotten the wii initially but they can still enjoy the games for it now on the wii-u. Nintendo has only offered BC since the release of the GBA and then it was with the wii as their first console to offer GC compatibility. There have been other forms of BC that wasnt as direct. Sega and the power base converter was their way to bridge the gap between the master system and the genesis. Why they stopped there is ??? but it would have been nice if sega cd's played on the saturn or if saturn games were supported on the DC. Another way was more of a cross play type of BC and that was with the colecovision and it being able to play 2600 games via a special cart adapter. I wont say i am spoiled but BC does offer that convenience to those who dont have the previous system. Many say it can represent an increased cost in the newer platforms but that is dependent on if BC was an initial concern or an afterthought. Afterthoughts tend to be an expense because it isnt factored into the initial design. So it doesnt get the dedication in making sure it works properly. I like to play all platforms regardless of if they offer BC or not but to those who cant afford to own them all, they are just looking to get as much out of their investment as they can. To them, BC is a welcome feature they wouldnt mind paying a little more for if it can ensure they have access to all the great games from the previous system.
People keep pretending that BC in 2005 has anything to do with BC in 2013. Simply put MS shows the ability for BC out of the box and even upgrades on certain games and millions of gamers it'll be a no-brainer for millions of the core to upgrade within the Xbox ecosystem. This isn't the old Xbox or PS2 days. We are talking millions of gamer who have purchased games over XBLA or PSN that will not be able to transfer those games to the spanking new 400 dollar system. It's already proven that the core 360 gamers are still going to be playing the last 2 CODs, Halo 4, Minecraft, Gears, Battlefield etc. long after the Fall release date, why should they have to play those games on their 360s. I'd take the Xbox mini option over rebuying and streaming games later through Gaikai as the suggested Sony PS4 solution at the moment. If you own a huge collection where you easily past 150 games on the Xbox 360 between retail and XBLA is becomes a priceless option. On the PS3 side it's crazy that games like Journey will be DOA when the PS4 launches. Not to mention every games earned by PS+. But unfortunately that's what is going to happen. But we will see very soon what is decided by the big two. Evil
uhhhh you realize Xbox 360 DOES HAVE BC right ? Your aware of that....right?
"It's already proven that the core 360 gamers are still going to be playing the last 2 CODs, Halo 4, Minecraft, Gears, Battlefield etc. long after the Fall release date" There you have it. News from the future. Case closed. @3-4-5 : And it ended up in 3rd place. Case re-opened.
'There you have it. News from the future.' Here's some news from umm a couple of weeks ago Xbox Live top 20 live activity In no particular order. ALL games made the top 20 list of games being played on Xbox Live - Halo 4 & Halo Reach - Black Ops II, Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Modern Warfare 2 - Gears of War Judgement & Gears of War 3 - Battlefield 3 - Grand theft Auto IV - Minecraft - Madden 13, Fifa 13, & NBA 2K13 As stated it's been proven what games are being played long after the games are released. It's safe to say the only games that will bump them out of the top 20 are the newest releases of these game franchises. The next Call of Duty, Battlefield, the 2014 Sports etc. News from the future. If announced, BC will be a megaton for the 360. Case Closed The 360 was destined to be in 3rd place without sales in Japan, and of course when you add the PS2 sales for the entire last year. It's a pretty safe bet it'll be the same next gen. Dominant in the US and UK. Competitive in Europe. Dead in Japan. Huge software sales. Evil
The bigger is this: why aren't modern games interesting enough to make us not WANT backwards compatibility? No one cared about BC until the PS2, and even then it was just a neat PS2 feature. And then when this gen rolls around, everyone acts like any console without BC is going to automatically fail. What?
Yeah it's all just self-entitlement really. People really think something is going to fail with no BC? LOL! It won't matter to all of those people who didn't have a PS3 but want a PS4. It might matter to a few PS3 owners but I doubt most will care as they have a PS3. I personally only used BC on my PS2 a few times just to test out the smoothing option on old games. After that I never played them again and stuck to PS2 games.
Backwards compatibility is more important than ever. Gaikai may be an acceptable alternative.
"I buy next-gen consoles to play next-gen games" But there is nothing wrong with having that option. Just don't assume everyone has the last console. BC is important.
I don't care all that much about BC to be honest, but I know allot of people do. In fact I think it makes up a big part of console sales for a short term at launch. BC is only important for like a year or so. Sony and MS axed BC after a certain amount of time its proven that its only temporary. Yeah people complained but everyone got over it eventually. Edit: Its kind weird to buy Watchdogs for the 360 only to play it on your 720? I would just buy the next gen version and get the full experience.
the 360 still supports the xbox games that it intended to. And added some as time went on. with the exception of ones they could not secure the rights to emulate or patch. MGS2 substance is still one that isnt supported and that could be at the request of konami or nvidia. As for newer games, it depends on if we will start seeing a rash of hybrid games. ones whos development includes the notion of being forward compatible. so you buy the one copy and it plays like it should on the current platform (360/ps3) but when played through the next gen platform, improvements are unlocked or patched to bridge the gap in making it be an improved version. That is something i would expect to come for the PS3 because the disc space could be accommodating to both the ps3 and ps4. Bd is a real benefit for both platforms and we could see more games like that as things progress. The dvd is the limiting factor for the 360 unless the games shipped on multiple discs (yeah that isnt really convenient) where the 1st disc is 360 specific but the 2nd could contain assets to improve the overal look of the game if played/installed to the 720. We will know more as these two platforms get closer to release.
Overrated vote for me as well. I thought it was a big deal when I bought my PS3 60GB. In the end, I played exactly one PS2 game on my PS3. When you buy a next gen system, you buy it for next gen games. If not, why wouldn't you just keep the old system? I'm not a guy that goes back and replays games over and over, nor do I have any sort of nostalgia kick, despite having been gaming for 30 years now. What excites me is seeing something new, seeing the evolution of games and taking part in it. For me, playing old games just seems like a step backwards, but I don't knock those who do it. A great game is a great game, and there's no shortage of excellent titles out there.
Yeah I thought BC was important when I bought my PS2, then again when I bought my PS3. Looking back now, I didn't use the capability at all even though I still have those games.
Exactly how I feel.
I don't think it's something I wouldn't want but it's certainly something I don't expect.
We're pretty much done here. He's got it.
the same argument could be made for the internet, online co-op, HD graphics, etc. BC should be on every system by default unless you want that legacy to be lost... But it's funny that gamers want video games to be art but they don't respect the past. You will never find a film enthusiast saying that The Godfather(1972), Metropolis(1927) or Citizen Kane(1941) are irrelevant because they are old or because we now have CGI and very pretty (but dumb) movies like Avatar and Transformers. But you will always find a gamer saying that they don't buy a new console to play old games games even though publishers flood us with re-releases of old games (only the popular ones though) at every chance they have. But why? Because there is a market for it. Just think about it and stop being a mindless sheep.
Man, I'd bubble you multiple times for that comment. Well said, indeed.
Yes but when those films came out they were on VHS. We don't expect DVD/Bluray players to play VHS do we? No the films get updated for the modern systems. Movie fans have been sold the same movie in so many different formats over the years and people still buy them because they love their movies and want to see it in the best possible way. It's the same with videogames. Which is why we get HD collections and will probably get the same old games with another update with the next generation of consoles. I'm not saying it's right though since most games can be purchased digitally now and emulated anyway. If the upgrade is worthwhile though then I'll support it. We should get a ton of extra content just like Bluray movies normally contain e.g Bladerunner.
Harry, of course we don't expect DVD/Bluray players to play VHS because these formats are incompatible just like we don't expect the Gamecube to play N64 cartridge because they are totally different format. But the Wii works with Gamecube because optical disc can be made to be compatible with each other. Modern systems from the Wii, Xbox 360 and the PS3 uses DVD/Bluray disc so in a format perspective, yes, they can be made compatible with newer generation of hardwares so I am kind of upset that Sony would leave that out of the PS4 as I am planning to sell my PS3 to fund for the PS4 but it would be nice to be able to play my 60 plus PS3 games on the PS4.
Yes you are right. I was just playing devils advocate really ;) I mean personally I'm not too fussed about backwards compatibility but I do get why people want it and expect it. I could say just keep your old consoles and you could do that but really we should expect BC in this day and age. I'm interested to see what Sony does with Gaikai.
Yeah they say that but that's because most people are not game enthusiasts. Lets use your movie example. Most people aren't film enthusiasts and don't care about old movies like the ones you listed and they only watch the biggest, newest movie with their friends. Likewise most people are not game enthusiasts, they are just casual gamers and only buy what's popular and what their friends have. Every form of entertainment has enthusiasts but enthusiasts are those who love everything about that subject which are far less than those who are just fans of it. People who do care for those movies will go out of their way to watch them and people who do care about old games will go out of their way to play them. I know people who still have their Sega Genesis systems to play old games. Most people today? They wouldn't buy one to play old games because it's not "in". Plus they complain about wanting BC to play old games but not have to hook up so many devices to their TV and/or interchange a device. Anyone who complains about hooking up an old system to play old games is NOT a game enthusiast.
@wishing Your argument is flawed as what you're talking about is tech base as newer tech comes out it allows things to be done better or efficiently at the expense some time in backwards compatibility.
@wishingW3L I completely agree. Your right on the money! This is the most thruthful and solid argument why BC is always important. People are so short sighted. Thx for saying this. Bubble for you.
I would love to play old last gen favorites with next gen features on a next gen operating system. Old games or new last gen games could be boosted in a number a ways to performance to visuals. You'd be missing out on this and much more http://n4g.com/news/1255477... http://n4g.com/news/1256881... Having BC insures people don't have to re buy all their games only being able to access them with an "always online" connection. Xbox has a huge hardcore fanbase that spends thousands of dollars on games. People on my friends list have 100 games on average and they spend their time gaming getting achievements at their leisure. Next gen Smart Glass tech will be very useful on a console that will multi task like a PC. Playing any game then jumping on the internet in game. I'm assuming these blocked articles are showing Some sort of Sub dash menu for one of MSFT's new platforms(possible universal smart glass enabled interface)
If ms doesnt pass on the current gamer score to the next gen then BC will be extremly relyable. Its gonna be alot of fun and nostalgic earning all those achievements again like it was the firts time.
And now, after finding that only one console will have backwards compatibility next gen, the dismissing begins. Let us commence arguments against backwards compatibility, because if a fanboys favorite console doesn't have it, then its not that important and its bad thing to have. Though considering its lagging(only launch PS3's supported it, only a few Xbox1 games were ever supported, the Wii mini doesn't support it) in the last gen, how can people be spoiled by it?
have a bubble for succinctly describing this nuance of N4G.
@limbro no one is arguing against backwards compatibility but how it's being over blown on the success or failure of a console because if that was the case the wiiu and 3ds should've been flying off the shelve at launch.
there is a reasonable answer to the examples you listed. 3DS is a better DS but it was trying to sell to a marketshare that was already saturated by the DS itself. Nintendo never really marketed it as a replacement but more of a new endeavor. their main focus on the 3d aspect overshadowed one of the key selling points and that IS that its a better DS than the DS. Once the price dropped, it opened the eyes of the consumers in the market for a DS and they saw that for a little bit more, it could do everything the Ds did and more. Now nintendo is again making a huge marketing mistake by not trying to upsell the wii-u as being everything the wii is and more. You arent going to convince those who bought the wii because they wanted to be part of the trend but you can convince those who had NOT gotten the wii that the wii-u is a better wii. the prolonged exposure to the previous platform tends to obscure the consumers from seeing there is a newer and better alternative that plays all the same games plus its own selection. If new buyers pick up the wii-u in place of the wii, they can still buy the games being released for the wii AND buy the games for the wii-u and enjoy both on one system. It happened with the 3ds and eventually, people werent buying the ds anymore. They could still buy the games but they could also buy the 3ds games if they wanted to. The key to selling the hardware is having software that is supported on it. If that means having to utilize something like BC as a selling point then so much the better. In Nintendo's situation, a simple placement of "Also plays on Wii-U" labels on existing games at retail could spark some interest in those looking to buy.
This from someone who contently dismisses features and games not on their preferred system? Does your hypocrisy know no bounds? I'd agree with you if you weren't incredibly guilty of doing the exact same thing you're criticizing other people for.
A straight lie is your best defense? I believe you've gotten me confused with one of your own kind. I've made no such hypocritical statement. If I don't like a game or system, I just ignore them. You won't see me trekking through news about other consoles and games I don't care about to talk down about them the way you and others do. I'm not a fanboy.
You not a fanboy? Now that's a funny joke, you are without a doubt the biggest fanboy of this site. You say I'm lying.. But http://n4g.com/news/1214451... The proof is right there, you clearly dismissed a developer purely because they said they weren't bringing a game to WiiU. You do the same thing with EA, sure there a terrible publisher, but they do have some good devs like Bioware under their belt. I'm sure if I had the time I could find proof of you dismissing other features like achievements and Region free gaming, things not available on Nintendo platforms. Also, I'm not trying to defend anything; I'm just calling you out on your hypocrisy
I am doing nothing that you say in that article. The only comments I made in that article were about people trying to use bad ports as an example of the maximum capabilities of the Wii U and sells potential, as well as about Deep Silver being a middling developer. Deep Silver makes bad games. I've never liked Deep Silver. I disliked them before the Wii U was even announced in 2011, mainly because of the original Dead Island which I thought was garbage and that abomination known as Sacred. I also have issues with their publishing of others titles. I was just restating my long standing opinion. If they had actually decided to release it on the Wii U I still would have called that game/dev rubbish. Their games would still be bad, and I would still advise people not to buy them just as I tell people not to buy Most Wanted and Rayman Legends. That will not change. There is nothing contradictory or hypocritical there.
You know how important BC is? You've invested close to 3/4 of a decade on your respective Live/PSN account in d/l games and content, and then you're asked to throw them all away while you continue using your SAME account on the next box. Then if you're developer you have to choose making 2 versions of your game, for the "same" network, if you want to make money, with different architecture each time. So, in effect, the company that figures out how to allow me too keep my stuff, keeps me in the ecosystem. Picture Apple every time there's a new iPhone or iPad not allowing you to keep your apps. It's that important.
For me Backwards Compatibility was an important feature at the beginning of each generation due to the lack of games. When I got my PS2 first all I had was Super Bombad Racing. It was a terrible game and I stayed with my PS1 games for months after I got it. I then got a PS3 at launch with Resistance 1. I played through it and had nothing to play for 2 or 3 months until ES: Oblivion and Folklore were released. At a European PS3 it had limited BC but I played FF XII for months with it. I plan to get a PS4 at launch as well and the launch titles are far better than thelast 2 generations. Watch Dog's, Infamous, Killzone, AC4 and Diablo. I expect a few more at E3 but BC this time around won't be needed as such for me as least. I kept my PS2 beside my PS3 just in case I wanted to play some older games again. I did at the start but after a while I stopped playing it and it gathered dust. This will happen to the PS3 as well I expect. The PS4 won't have disc BC as it is not possible with the new design but Gaikai will be the secret weapon for that. But we will have to wait and see.
BC means that the games you currently have can still be relevant well into next generation. For example, when MS have their BC emulation for most of games from the original xbox, Halo 2 online play was still played by a large community for the longest. Think of the new age of DLCs and season pass. What if GTA5 releases two expansions like what they did a year and two after the release of GTA4? In a year or two later, isn't it better knowing these expansions can be played on Next Gen hardware that you currently own rather than pulling your old PS3 out of the basement or buying another used Xbox because you want to play these expansions? That is why I think MS will continue to make the X360 compatible with the Next Xbox because they know how important it is to alot of current generation owners. @lilbroRx "Though considering its lagging(only launch PS3's supported it, only a few Xbox1 games were ever supported, the Wii mini doesn't support it) in the last gen, how can people be spoiled by it?" Dude, what are you talking about, here is the full list of xbox games that are BC with the X360. It is a few pages long from Jade Empire, KOTOR, Forza, Halo, NFL 25 and hundreds of others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
No it isn't better. My TV supports multiple devices, more than I have so I'll have my PS3 and PS4 hooked up to it. Not that I'll play my PS3 much after the PS4 launches. GT6 will be the only game I extensively play. I never play games from the gen before much anyway. Usually I play two gens and back because I haven't played those games for a long time. PS3 games? I've been playing the heck out of most of them for years. I'm moving on and giving those a break. I'll also have a ton of other systems like Dreamcast, N64, Snes, Genesis hooked too.
the problem is, I don't want to have my TV stand cluttered with gaming systems. I already have a home theatre system, my Xbox 360, my HD PVR cable box, my Wii U underneath that, I don't want to have to have my 360 there when the new Xbox could play all my 360 games. Some people don't like clutter..
Vast majority don't care about BC. It's message board fodder.
Speak for yourself. Not for me.
I'm not speaking for anyone, just stating a reality. Vast majority does not mean everyone.
Its surprising to me how the fanbase has been convinced they don't need this while its both easy to implement and opens up the library to old games while they wait for new games to arrive. If play station 3 and PS4 games are both authored on the same bluray discs then the PS4 should be BC no questions asked. If I bought a new computer with a new motherboard and new graphics card from a different manufacturer then all of my old games would still play. That is a given. Sony (and perhaps Microsoft) seem to be getting a free pass on this and it doesn't make much sense to me. Sony can talk technical jargon all day but in the end they want people to upgrade to a PS4 and not have the ability to play their old games. This way they can promote their Streaming service where you will be required to rebuy all their old games and waywardly kill off the used game market in the process.
I think you are very misguided in your thoughts here. BC is not easy to implement for PS4 to play PS3 games... it's an entirely different system architecture, which is not the case when you buy a new PC or replace parts in your PC or buy a new smartphone (although many new Android phones do not support existing apps when they first come out). The idea that the games are stored on Bluray discs so they should work on both systems is ridiculous. Wanting BC is fine, but you should at least educate yourself on the topic you are complaining about. The new Xbox will (supposedly) have a Bluray disc reader in it... so by your logic here, it should be able to play PS3 games? That's ridiculous. The hardware in the new Xbox is just as different from the PS3 as the PS4's hardware is except for a frickin Bluray disc reader. That's one big reason why the BC outrage is so ridiculous. Not to mention how much more expensive it would make the PS4 to include the PS3's processor.
Yes in ways it has spoiled us. Most gamers have come to expect it. If we never have had backwards compatibility in the first place it would be no issue. Personally I don't mind that the PS4 will not have it. Especially if it lowers the price of the console. On the other hand though I can see why it means so much to other gamers out there. This has been the only negative thing about the PS4 so far. Only time will tell how it all plays out. I only used it once on the PS3 for God of War 2. In my humble opinion new consoles should be celebrated with new games. But I as a gamer understand why people view this feature as a must have. Is the glass half full or half empty? Half full for me. Happy Gaming Everyone!!!
People buy and play old games all the time. They buy them because they love them, or it brings back memories. Know what I am playing? Final Fantasy 7 on a PSX because I love the look of the game on the console it was created for. I also have Final Fantasy 2 and 3 on SNES, and play them still. I play them because it reminds me of being a kid and playing them for the first time. I had FF on my mobile phone and played 3/4th of it and stopped, why? (Sadly because I bought a new phone, created a new itunes and lost it). But that's besides the point! It didn't have the same feel, and now i'm spoiled and trying to go back and play Final Fantasy for NES just feels sad because I'm spoiled to new technology. The point I'm trying to make is just because something is 37 minutes old, doesn't man that it's a thing of the past. I watch trailers for my favorite games still, Fallout 3 which makes me want to play that game when the Inkblots comes on that trailer that changed fallout forever. "I don't want to set the world on fire, I just want to spark a flame in your heart." We love these games and we always will, wanting something in new graphics on new consoles is only natural. Know what I plan on doing? Getting as many old titles on both download and console versions as possible because I love them. I want to buy games to have just to have in old format and play it in digital not to mess them up with scratches, or damage the booklets. These things have a special place in my heart and always will, the point is we are allowed to be spoiled in this day and age when it comes to video games. Why? Because it's our money, and our freedoms and it doesn't matter how and what we do, it's how we feel when we do them.
I think the only time it really sucks is early on. It's because there won't be a lot of games released just yet, and a lot of good games are still releasing for the last consoles. So you either trade in your console and miss out on those games, or you keep it hooked up and use old technology. The only other time it sucks is when you find some old game you loved and have nothing to play it on lol I plan on keeping my PS3, it doesn't feel as "dated" as the PS2 and still has its functions. Plus I have a huge backlog that I doubt will be done with by the time PS4 releases.
No! People Need to stop Screwing things up for other people!I think its just fine. And if it happens great and if not then great to! Stop Anilizing every frickin thing people!
I think the hardest part about justifying BC is that it can increase the cost of the game console itself. Let's take the PS4 for example. The architecture of the system is so far removed from the PS3 that the only way to offer true backwards compatibility will be for Sony to include an actual PS3 inside the PS4 setup. You will need a Cell processor plus any other components needed to play the games properly. The PS4 setup is using x86 building blocks now so it would be much too complicated to try to emulate the PS3 games on it. This in the end could drive the price of the system up another $50-100 easily, which is something many people would want to avoid. Microsoft may have an easier time offering the BC, since the 360's architecture will be similar enough to emulate on the newer system. Having the ability to play anything Wii related on my Wii U wasn't the reason I got it, but it is a very welcomed addition and a bonus that I can sell my older system to help pay for a new game or two on the newer one.
It's nice, but it really wouldn't bother me if the next-gen platforms didn't have it.
BC is essential! Imagine not being able to watch any movie prior 2006 because it wasn't made for blu-ray originally. Imagine not being able to listen any music on your MP3 player that was released in the CD/tape/Record days. Imagine not being able to read the millions of clasic books on your Kindle pre-release.... If gaming wants to be taken seriously, it needs to take itself seriously. At the moment, many consider it junk food, throw-away trash. Play it, trade it, move on. Well I like to have a games collection of classics. And I don't want to have a NES/SNES/Master System/Genesis,Saturn/N64/game cube, Playstation 1,2,3, xbox, 360, Dreamcast, Atari,etc... all connected under my TV in order to play the odd game. M$ and Sony need to make all their games run on all future platforms.
I don't know. I may get killed here but I'm going to say it... I think Wii games look better on my Wii than on my WiiU. Some of the games on WiiU have funky aspect ratios and more jagged edges it seems. But then a few look better. I would have preferred more power over backwards compatibility.
I don't get the fuss with BC. If you wanna play one of your old games crack out your old systems. I still have my PS1 & 2 both working just fine. I'll be doing the same with my PS3 once replaced by the PS4.
It is about consolidation of electronics. Its easier to manage one device over multiple. Although I don't think everyone should have to pay for BC if they don't require it or want it, the people that do (Like me) should be able to pay for it and have it. It is like an article I saw with PS4/Vita remote play today. I will never use that, but that doesn't mean the feature should not be there... It just means it is not for me.
Progress has to come with some compromises.... so... I'm ok with it.
I don't think backwards compatibility was that big of an issue the previous generations because games were much simpler. When I say simpler I mean they were usually standalone single player experiences. Online gaming didn't really kick off until this generation and on top of that DLC, multiplayer, achievement systems, social gaming, and digital purchases have all become pretty much standard. Games and their experience are no longer confined to your living room and the contents of that disc. Did I care about backwards compatibility last generation? Not really. Do I care about backwards compatibility next generation? While not a game breaker it's definitely a HUGE plus and has much more of an impact this time around!
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