The Coin-Op Question: Is Backwards Compatibility Important?

ps4We see that very few consoles now offer the feature. Is it a cost-cutting procedure? I think yes and no. Offer a premium priced console with the option if that is the case. Players who don’t want to pay the deluxe fee, wouldn’t have to. Is it a cash-grabbing decision? As you know many Classic titles have been re-released on any modern console of your choice. The problem is that it’s primarily the main-stream stuff. Other titles can’t arrive in online stores due to licensing issues. Some games you simply will not be able to play, unless you’re an old system owner.

Every thing is going on-demand. Our shows, games, and we know it. I for one am against re-buying a game I physically own, just so I can have it on my hard-drive. However, if a studio does bring back a classic, giving us a standout effort (Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Bionic Commando: Rearmed), I have no problem paying again. Regardless where you stand, should the option at least be in the hands of gamers? The PS4/XO launched with small libraries. Being able to run older games would have really killed the waiting times on newer titles. Weekly Question: Is Backwards Compatibility Important to you?

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5 thoughts on “The Coin-Op Question: Is Backwards Compatibility Important?

  1. Backwards compatibility is a nice feature to have, but to be honest I’m not too fussed. I rarely revisit older games so if it means the console is cheaper I can live without it.

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  2. Yes, its useful when you only need 1 console set up at a time to play game (e.g. The Wii was a great Gamecube replacement ). At the moment its better to have a PC to play PS2 games because the PS3/PS4 don’t have it. It really is just a foolish business strategy not to include it.

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  3. This is why I have a PC, and because emulators rock. The other problem is that it is not up to the console makers to be able to offer old games they never made. It is up to the developers and publishers of the old games. This is why a crap ton of old Lucas Arts games just got released on, because Disney now owns the right and licensed them out.


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