Explosion.com's Dave Walsh looks at the recent uproar over Xbox One's lack of backwards compatibility and just why we won't get it and why it should be viewed as a non-issue at this point.
Don't see what the fuss is myself, if you want to play old games keep your old console , simple.
Up until my old house flooded I still had all of my old consoles. I mean, I still have a N64 around now, as well. I want to play older games, so there it is.
It's not a "fuss", but it is a feature that some people want, and in some cases, it may push people to buy one console over the other. Consider, for instance, the Wii-U: fully BC with Wii games AND Wiimotes (unprecedented!) while PS4 and Xbox One will be unable to play games from the previous gen.
People wants to play old gen games on New Gen consoles... Amazing!
I don't understand, what is it that these articles don't get? The architect between this gen vs next gen are totally different. It's almost impossible to add backward compatibility to a console without hiking up the cost. When the ps3 first came out it was 599 people bitch and moan that it was too expensive. Sony remove the bc capability and brought the cost down... People still bitch and moan.
That was best for both consoles. Either build on top of current hardware for bc are build future hardware next to PC. That was the best thing the could of done but has its pros and cons.
It's an issue for gamers who have a large library of games and don't want to ever not be able to play them, or at least for a long time. My PS3 won't last forever, and one day they won't be selling them anymore.
I would MUCH prefer backwards compatibility, for the simple reason that Sony and Microsoft will one day stop manufacturing current gen consoles which we know don't last, I have had to replace(had repaired under warranty) both my ps3's and a 360, so having next gen hardware capable of using current gen software would help alleviate some of my console failure anxiety but if its not be its not to be...
one of my biggest regrets when i got my ps3 was I boxed up my ps2 & gave it away about a week later. My plan for when i buy a ps4 is to put it right in the middle of my ps3 & xbox 360 so i have full backwards compatibility.
look back at n4g last December or so, people here WANT BC. at least people want a different SKU or some USB dongle that allow real BC. What you see now is that people find out their console of choice doesn't support BC, so they say it's not important anymore.
I'd like to have backwards compatibility, but it's not a determining factor. I'm keeping my PS3 when the PS4 comes out. I understand that people want to be able to play their current gen games during the first year or so when games are sparse, but after that BC becomes a non issue.
as it's been said before, it's really only an issue within the first 6 months, and really... there's nothing wrong with keeping your PS3 or X360 connected for a little while longer, which can always be used to play your PS3/X360 games.
Least PS4 has gankai. I'm hoping they'll 'read' all your past PSN purchases and unlocks them to be stream-playable for free. Having to repurchase a game just to play it on PS3 is kinda annoying, especially on ones that aren't "remastered" - but having to AGAIN pay for it on PS4? Just how many "remastered" versions are we expected to keep purchasing just to play a title we've already bought twice?
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