EA: Next-Gen "Most Likely" Won't Have Backwards Compatibility
Most gamers say they want backwards compatibility when the next-generation consoles arrive. But maybe you shouldn't hold out hope.
It's unlikely that either the new PlayStation or Xbox will boast such a feature, at least according to publisher Electronic Arts. During a Q&A session for the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said- "An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible."
He also said that those who want to play multiplayer will "most likely not be able to play with someone" using a different-generation machine. This isn't great news for consumers but then again, it may not have a huge impact on launch sales. The Xbox 360 was never fully backwards compatible, for instance, and PS3 sales have risen steeply since Sony removed the b/c feature that existed in earlier models. Sony is also on record saying that as a generation advances, backwards compatibility becomes a less and less important feature, and they're probably right.
As for when people will spring for the next-gen consoles, Jorgensen said he believes some customers will hold off on upgrading their hardware. But regardless, EA is in a good position:
"I think that works for us positively in both ways. It helps us continue to sell gen-three products, and it will help us sell gen-four product as that cycle finally gets into place."
So is backwards compatibility a necessary feature for you? And if the next-gen consoles don't have it, how long will you wait to buy one?
2/13/2013 10:16:41 PM Ben Dutka