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Playstation's Half Truth About Backwards Compatibility Is It Worth It?

Playstation exec over in Europe Jim Ryan, doesn't think Backwards Compatibility is all that its cracked up to be. That its a feature everyone wants till they actually have it. But, is that right? What is the real reason as to why the PS4 lack of backwards compatibility? Because, its more then just a cell processor thats in the way of gamers playing their old PS3 collection.

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1508d ago Replies(17)
Bennibop1508d ago

They have the stats from ps3 days. They have no.reason to lie, as stated previously Microsoft are using bc to.cover up the lack of games launching.

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Shadyceaser1507d ago

They took ps3 bc after about a month ... Bc never arrived in most regions.... Australia comes to mind ... So they wouldn't know ... The outcry was huge in my circles... We all jumped ship and bought 360's

nitus101507d ago

I call BS on that.

I live in Australia and purchased a PS3 day one (PAL Version) which can and still play PS1, PS2 and of course PS3 games. I also have a library of well over 100 PS1, PS2 and PS3 games but I rarely play them since I also have a PS4.

Even with a BC PS3 PS1 games do look very grainy on my 55" HDTV while PS2 games do have a tendency to look "washed out" although still acceptably playable compared to PS3 games. PS4 games are pretty much all 1080p and are much more graphically pleasing compared to PS3 games although to be fair some PS3 games were 1080p and still hold up graphically today.

BTW. All PS3's from day one to current can play PS1 games. The question to ask is how many people today actually play the odd PS1 game and how often?

Note: The important factors for a game to be good are in order:
1) It must have good gameplay.
2) Be graphically acceptable.
Although to be fair those features are subjective but all this is pointless unless you have the game.

xsta1ker1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

give it a rest with the ms no games crap xbox has plenty of games... ok so some exclusives have been canceled
and shortened there exclusive library of games this year.

this doesn't mean ms is going to stop making exclusives for their console thats the dumbest fanboy statement
out there. Microsoft knows they need exclusive games for fans and more importantly business.

it's the fanboys that need to take advantage of any mistakes buy it's opposition to make themselves feel better.
it's kind of a bully mentality you know the type pick on someone in front of there friends makes them feel good about themselves.

but in the end the bully gets what he's been disheing out and
comes to the realization he's been acting like a real Dbag.

Garethvk1508d ago (Edited 1508d ago )

I do not care about it. Our PS3 played PS2 games.I play new games on my console not last gen titles. If I want to play them I have the older consoles. To me it is about moving forward not backwards.

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chobit_A5HL3Y1507d ago

bc is always a good feature but most people won't use it. when peopel upgrade to a new console, they generally leave the previous generation behind, and if they don't, they still have the old console.

BeOpenMinded1507d ago

Removes the need for the old console and the new one plays the game you purchased. I want to keep what I buy even if I don't replay many games. It's good value, a smart move, and most importantly pro consumer in a digital age

mastiffchild1507d ago

I concur. While BC is always nice to have I really barely, if ever, used my launch 60gig PS3 to play anything other than current games. I think I played an old ratchet and GoW2 and that was it.

Recently, mind, I ran low on space in front room and decided to pack away my CRT and the PS1 and 2 and finally just use that PS3 to play all my old PS games. Even then, mind, Im usually playing PS4 and PC, Switch or Xbox games of the current gen. I like to play old games but its still much less frequent than new and tended,until just lately, to be as much about playing them as I remember them and on original hardware as about just the games themselves. Playing a Snes game via emulation isnt the same as firing up the console and a crt and BC can fall into the same trap for me. As I say its really only space issues that have forced a change for me.

Anyway, bc is nice but as a general rule people are much more about new games.

DragonbornZ1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

With Microsoft's generation-less approach to their future consoles, gamers in their ecosystem won't need to keep their old consoles because their games will work on the next one regardless.

I understand Sony's position on BC, but that was before online multiplayer took off and digital blew up, not to mention games will age a lot better from PS4/Xb1 to Pro/Scorpio to Ps5/Xb2 than they did from the ps1/2 to the ps3.

I don't know how Sony will tackle backward/forward compatibility for their next console, but Microsoft's approach will be akin to pc gaming. Stronger hardware will play all your games better.

corroios1507d ago

Again, BC is being used this gen as a «weapon» to try and hide the huge lack of exclusive content. BC is nice feature, importante at the star of any gen, but after that it wont have any kind of impact.

Of course its always a plus to play your old games, but its not a game changer like so many say, because if it was the PS3 would sold even more and the Wii U would be a huge sucess.

nitus101507d ago

There is a problem if your old game has online requirements and the servers for that game have been shut down. If that is the case then you have what is in effect a coaster or just wasted space on your storage unless that old game has a campaign or single player mode. Even if the servers of the old game that you like are still up how many people are still playing it?

Of course, some games do have couch coop or PvP but you have to have someone to play with you. Fine if you are a child/teen but not so great when you are an adult with commitments.

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