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Don Mattrick: "If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards"

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Can someone explain to me why Sony gets a free pass on this and not Microsoft?



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12% of overall consumers would be unhappy without backwards compatibility.

What percentage of *early adopters* would be unhappy? That's the number that matters. Why? Because those are the people who are going to be ushering in and helping to grow your new fan base. (I'm saying this because I would imagine that the early adopters are the ones who care more. It's easier to invest in a new console that was just released when you can use it to replace your existing one).



I'm a Xbox360 owner and absolutely unsure about which nextgen system I will be buying, but if Sony gets their backwards compatiblity running it would be a huge plus point for me, since I don't own a PS3.



Nsanity said:
Can someone explain to me why Sony gets a free pass on this and not Microsoft?

I wouldn't say Sony have a free pass, but Sony have stated that they want Gaikai to stream all legacy games in the future, whereas MS (I think) have said they have no plans to.



I really like backwards compatibility, but I've come to accept that moving into a new HD generation it's going to be difficult to impossible. I've already learned to live with both a PS2 and PS3 on my floor so I have no reason to give the next Xbox shit over this.

But his choice of words is absolutely horrendous. In fact, everything following the presentation itself just seems like an absolute PR nightmare. I hope they manage to pull things together a bit better for E3.



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Correct me if I am wrong, but I got the impression that XBLA games that were released on the 360 won't work on the X1 either (I've read the hardware has a different architecture, so this makes sense). Doesn't this defeat the whole point of "360 owners will upgrade, because they've invested so much time and money into their Xbox Live account"?

A new console generation works like a reset, so every company has to start from 0 again. This is the by far the best time for gamers to jump ship and it seems like Microsoft doesn't even mind if that happens. If the 360 needs to be kept anyway to have access to the digital library of games, then it's not important which brand the new console is from.



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sully1311 said:
Nsanity said:
Can someone explain to me why Sony gets a free pass on this and not Microsoft?

I wouldn't say Sony have a free pass, but Sony have stated that they want Gaikai to stream all legacy games in the future, whereas MS (I think) have said they have no plans to.

and we still don't know how good this will be and what you have to pay for it.



walsufnir said:
sully1311 said:
Nsanity said:
Can someone explain to me why Sony gets a free pass on this and not Microsoft?

I wouldn't say Sony have a free pass, but Sony have stated that they want Gaikai to stream all legacy games in the future, whereas MS (I think) have said they have no plans to.

and we still don't know how good this will be and what you have to pay for it.


Good points, I think it will be similar prices to Netflix. How well it will perform? We will see.



Wow, that is some stupid stuff being said. 5% figure is total bull. I play a lot of retro games and indy games because they resemble retro games. i also play a lot of gamecube on my wii. I still have a huge library of ps2 games also, i was playing san andreas the other day.



I've played at most 5 PS1/PS2 games on my PS3. One of those was downloaded off of the PS Store. I think I only played the MGS series and then SOCOM II.