EA seems to think that the days of Sony and Microsoft wasting time on backward compatibility is over. And they also seem to think that the used games business is a necessary evil. I agree on both fronts. What say you?
“An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible,” he stated. “If you [play] multiplayer on a game, you’ll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation.”
“So at the end of the day, it’s storage capacity. Unless you’ve got a giant storage server in your house, keeping hundreds of games can tax your storage capacity. And so having a healthy retail channel out there like GameStop or Best Buy or others is important, and to the extent that used games is important to them, I think that’s a positive.”
It doesn’t seem at all like a good business move to concentrate on making games compatible. Although I’d love them to be, odds are that most people already have the old console so they can play the games on it. It’s inconvenient sure but companies aren’t really worried about that now are they?