What do you guys think? Recently there has been a lot of criticism towards Sony & Nintendo for not providing enough legacy or retro game content on their consoles with Nintendo not offering ways to play older games on the Switch and Sony not caring about providing legacy content on PS5. Do you think the lack of backwards compatibility or legacy content may hurt console sales at all?
IMO, I don't think a lack of backwards compatibility or lack of legacy content really impacts console sales at all. Most gamers typically buy a game or console they're interested in within a few months or within the console's lifespan. It's unlikely that someone would suddenly buy a next gen console to play a last gen game since if they were interested enough in that last gen game they probably would've purchased the system well before the next gen console releases. While I'm sure gamers like the backwards compatibility feature, they won't buy a whole system with the main intent being backwards compatibility and it will never be the main selling point. There's also been research done that most gamers barely use backwards compatibility.