All I can say is that because this generation lasted so long, I manged to buy all the consoles (Wii, 360, PS3, PSP, DS), and I can say that it's a great time to be a gamer.
Who needs next gen, we still have a good dozen great 7th gen games coming out, and GT6 was just announed. Plus I have a good 30 console and 30 handheld games to work on now. At my rate that's at least 3 years of gaming, and I'll likely get a Wii U and 3DS in that time. When I'm bored with that, PS4 will have a remake, and on it goes.
I think because of the strength of this gen, the sales with PS4 and NextBox could turn out really slow at the beginning. I still have a big backlog of games I have to finish *and* there are still a lot of games I still want to buy. I *really* hope NextBox has bc, then I would buy it day one. Otherwise, I won't buy a nextgen-console for at least two years.
360 being bc is a big reason why I bought a 360 over a PS3 at first.
I agree with everything you said, and this is probably why Sony has decided not to make the PS4 BC. Still, lots to play, I'll never get to my PS1/PS2/DC backlog! Always got something at least
Plus the more we wait, the cheaper systems/games become. I'm really interested in the exclusives announced for Wii U (see sig), but I'm not willing to spend $60 a game, plus $350 for a system for them. So if others are like me, we will see 8th gen systems have a slow start, and Wii U is having one of the slowest so far.
PS1-backlog?! Oh my... :) To me it's not an issue with money but with time! And perhaps it's better to wait for buying nextgen-consoles too early as we have seen this gen that the initial hardware-revision may lead to a broken game-device :)
Yes, I've never owned a single first gen Microsoft or Sony product that lasted the entire generation. With 360's case, 2 years is a stretch.
Plus it's going to take 3 years or so before PS4/Infinity have a decent library of games, still it will only be decent by then. I'd rather wait longer and get the gems of 2013-2016 at a discount, but like in ever case prior for me, a Gran Turismo might make me instantly change my mind and get a PS4.
I need to replace my PS3 (mine broke years ago) and since PS4 isn't BC then I refuse to buy a PS4 until it's $200 cheaper ($200 is how much I expect to buy a PS3 for). I'm not paying extra for what I feel should have ben included in the PS4. Hopefully there is a GT6 bundle