• Dale

    “Who’s going to pay all that money to switch to a PS3 midstream just to make a point?”

    I originally misread that and was going to point out that you’re essentially going to have to dump everything you own on your current console anyway when you make the switch to either of the next gen consoles since neither will be backwards compatible. But your point about someone jumping ship to a PS3 just to spite Microsoft on the current generation of consoles is valid. I doubt anyone would trash their 360 and move to a PS3 over anything Microsoft announced about the XBOne even if it was powered by the blood of puppies. As you said, with both nextgen consoles coming out at the same time the field has been leveled.

    I’m generally very pro-digital delivery but Microsoft’s decision to specifically NOT be digitally backwards compatible has me suspicious about buying into Microsoft’s digital dream again. I invested a substantial amount of money into Rock Band DLC (and a few games but mostly music) and at this point it seems like that’s going to be sunk cost which makes me very unhappy. I’m glad they’ve seen the light about DRM but it’s going to take a lot more than that to interest me in either of the nextgen consoles.

    • Thundernoodle

      Unfortunately the lack of backwards compatibility is a bandwagon both Sony and Microsoft are jumping onto; it’s definitely a big point of irritation on my part, not so much because I have a million 360 games, but more because it’s a stupid idea. And the thing about backwards compatibility is it’s a thing that lots of people are willing to wave off with a vague comment about ‘architecture’. If MS had spent less money on the DRM rules and more money figuring out some backwards compatibility, think about how beloved they’d have been at E3!

      I know it sounds really naive to say “well they should have just tried harder!” when it comes to working around big architecture limitations, but I don’t think it’s crazy to expect something that basic from your console. I think we should be okay requiring our center for entertainment to play games released less than a year previously.

      • Dale

        Has Sony announced that their digital content will also not be backwards compatible? I’ll admit I mostly ignored any announcements about the PS4 so I don’t know. If so then you’re right that they’re in the same boat in that respect as MS. I paid attention to the XBOne because I have invested in it while I haven’t invested in the PS3 beyond buying a console.

        The horse has already left the barn on physical media game backwards compatibility. The market has already given both Microsoft and Sony passes after we allowed Sony to stop caring about backwards compatibility with the PS3. That was a big deal to me and why I moved to the 360 for my console gaming back in the day. I was quite pissed when suddenly I wouldn’t be able to take my huge library of PS2 games with me to the PS3. I hadn’t played on XBoxes prior to the 360 so I can’t comment on what the upgrade path was like to it.

        Where I’m concerned now is digital media. With consoles you can always keep yourself frozen in time if you’re willing to keep old consoles around to play your old games. With digital media you’re at the content provider’s whims. For how long will MS keep the 360 XBLA servers running? What happens when Valve decides to ditch Windows because Gabe hates Windows 8? The promise of digital media was the constant availability of your content whenever and wherever you were. We’re starting to discover that may not be quite so true and I think we need to hold our content providers accountable for it.