I could care less
I could care less
This is the first generational transition where we have to worry about protecting our digital investments. Backwards comparability has ever been more important.
Also, as far as digital games are concerned, backwards compatibility will allow games to be continually sold and extend said games life. Microsoft is currently hosting a huge digital game fire sale. If they announce that all your purchases carry over, that would be a major blow in their favor, make no mistake.
No offence, but it's weird seeing multiple Nintendo fans claiming backwards compatibility is deathly important. Were you not Nintendo fans from 4th -> 5th -> 6th gen of home consoles? Or did you just put up with the lack of backwards compatibility?
For me, I used to think it was a deathly important issue. But when PS3 didn't have backwards compatibility, I managed. I never trade my consoles in anyway so it was simply a matter of space to me, and I have enough space to have multiple consoles out at once.
Comparatively, my Wii is backwards compatible but I do not use it to play Gamecube games. I mostly play GC games with friends (Mario Kart; Super Smash; Wario Ware) and if we're doing that we simply dig the GC out because it's small and compact enough.
So yeah. It's a nice bonus to have, but I've learnt that it's far from a deal breaker for me.
I don't personally care. I keep all my old consoles. So I'll just go play them on that. People that say "I WILL NOT PLUG MORE THAN ONE SYSTEM ON MY TV" is foolish. You can't just temporally set it up on the floor? Are you really going to play it that long? I do that all the time. If I want to play Mario Paint. I just stick my SNES on the floor. And then put it away.
Statistics say it's not important. Few people actually want to play older games on new systems. Enthusiasts like people who frequent gaming forums aside, the general population of gamers almost never go back to play games from previous generations, even if their system is backwards compatible. That's the simple truth of the matter. Many of the people who say it's important from a philosophical standpoint would probably never use it to a substantial degree.
Of course there are people who do like to play older games, and I do agree that it's a nice selling point at the start of a generation when a system has few games. It's unfortunate in those instances but sometimes abandoning that functionality is the only thing that makes sense.
Personally, I don't find it to be much of a consideration. My PS2 is hooked up right now but I probably haven't turned it on in a few years. I don't really replay older games much (other than FFT), as I have a backlog of new games to play.
All that being said, I really do think Sony will get something working with regards to PSN games. It might be slow, but I think something will be worked out for many titles. Still, as long as PSN works on the PS3, I intend to keep that console even after I get a PS4, so I'm golden either way.
I prefer to only have a three consoles hooked up to my receiver.... Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony...
Setting up six is way too much.
Backwards compatibility won't affect IF I buy a next gen console from a vendor. It will only affect WHEN I buy a next gen console from a vendor. With backwards compatibility I will buy them ASAP. Without, I will wait until I am satisfied I played all the games I want to in my expansive library...
very important IMO, especially during the first years where the support might not be as great.
You could for example sell your old console and still get ~$200 for it. Not bad.
My biggest issue is however space. No space under the TV, no space for another HDMI cable in my TV, so obviously I would need to replace a console.
Also for people who swapped sides after a gen it's even more important. I didn't own a PS2, but bought a PS3 (no BC model since it was already "late" into the gen. 2009 or so...). Missed out on a lot of PS2 games that I could've borrowed from my brother or just buy in stores.
It's important but not a deal breaker for me, If I still wanna play games from older consoles ill just make sure I hold onto it.
Very important. If MS pulls this off and I can play my banjo kazooie on 720 along with a returned support of new core games it may very well put the 720 over the PS4 for me.
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Very important for me. When a new console launches I often find myself playing much more through the library of the previous system whilst waiting for new games to be released than actually the games on the system themselves. They'll always be a month or two, maybe more, where game releases are very few and far between come the launch of the new system, so BC allows you to still use your new system without the concern that it was a waste of money, for me anyway.
Case in point? I played through Pokemon Black, Spirit Tracks, Chinatown Wars and DQIX within the first 3 months of buying my 3DS, and I've recently played through Radiant Dawn, Skyward Sword and Okami on my Wii U. Without the option for backwards compatibility, I would likely have never played these systems as much as I have.