If PS4 Had Backward Compatibility, Would You Even Care?
Much is being made about the backward compatibility for Xbox One and it got me thinking:
How many PlayStation 4 fans would really love to see the same feature? And how many really couldn't care less?
Perhaps strangely, I find myself in the latter group. When the PS2 and PS3 came out, b/c was absolutely the biggest selling point for me; I hated the idea of not being able to play my older games on the new systems. It even bugged me back in the day when there was no such thing as backward compatibility. And trust me, it bugged many a parent as well, each of whom was convinced that it was a sneaky ploy on the part of Sega and Nintendo to never make a new system that would play games from the previous system. They all believed that.
But anyway, I've always loved this feature. It's only recently that I haven't cared much about it. I honestly have no idea what Xbox 360 games I'd have any interest in playing on Xbox One at this point and that remains true for PS3 and PS4. Oh, there might be a few PS3 exclusives like Heavy Rain I'd like to play through again but for the most part, I don't mind. Maybe it's because there are remasters and reboots and HD upgrades all over the place, or maybe it's because this generation's games are pretty much exactly like last generation's games, only with better graphics.
If I want to play games with substantially different gameplay, I have to go back to the days when entirely different mechanics were actually the norm. But gameplay hasn't really changed in the past decade or so; why would I play Uncharted: Drake's Fortune when Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is out? Why would I want to play the original Gears of War now? I mean, seriously? I just wonder how many PS4 owners are shrugging their shoulders at this grand new feature for Xbox One, going, "eh...don't care if PS4 ever gets it."
8/4/2015 9:55:14 PM Ben Dutka