If Backwards Compatibility Works Like Sh**, Who Wants It?
Let's be honest here:
The last system to truly do backwards compatibility correctly was the original "fatty" PlayStation 3, which featured the synthesizer chip at launch that allowed PS1 and PS2 games to play on the new machine. And it worked very well, didn't it?
At the time, Xbox 360 was using software emulation so some Xbox games worked on the new system. And it sucked. I still remember trying to play Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance II with a friend on the 360 and the emulation was so bad, it was basically unplayable. Every original Xbox game that supposedly worked on 360 sucked (of the ones I tried, at least). And then, to help lower the cost of the PS3, Sony removed that synthesizer chip, adopted a similar sort of software emulation, and everything has been downhill ever since.
I'm hearing PlayStation Now streaming doesn't work that great, either, and the updated report on the new Xbox One backwards compatibility isn't surprising: According to many, it blows. You know, there's a reason I still have the PS2 hooked up. It's because it plays PS2 and PS1 games absolutely perfectly and no system has managed to do such a fine job with b/c with the exception of that first PS3.
I remember everyone asking if PS4 should offer b/c as a feature and my only reply is this- not unless Sony can do it right. Do it right or don't do it at all. Period.
11/12/2015 9:32:17 PM Ben Dutka