We Really, Really Don't Need New Consoles

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I agree with Yahtzee that WE don't need new consoles; I am perfectly content with playing most games on my xbox and using my PC for the more powerful games (e.g. skyrim). But, maybe the next console generation isn't about us. Maybe the next console is for the next generation. I doubt a 5 year old today cares little for backwards compatibility. Looking at gaming as a drug and Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony as Dealers; they know we're hooked, they know we will pay for our next fix. Their focus is on making new addicts. By providing the best drugs they can possibly put on the market in order to reel in as many new gamers as possible.
I am aware that a lot of people are saying that they won't buy in to the next consoles, but can you honestly say that will be your viewpoint five years after the PS4 etc. have been out? When the only new games on the market are for the next generation consoles eventually some developer will make a game that makes you want to switch. And that's all they need. That and the hope that you won't become a PC gamer because home consoles are easier to work with. (not trying to hate on PC gaming; I love Steam and am really enjoying playing Hotline Miami - Maybe that's where the drug comparisons came from?)

StriderShinryu:
I really need to watch out for this mystical creature that appears from the ether and devours your previous gen hardware the moment you buy something new. It's odd because I own still working hardware and games dating back to the Intellivision and I've never seen it.

I'm sorry, but backwards compatibility is not that big of a deal. Sure, it's a nice convenience, but it's far from a game breaking issue. Just keep using your old console for your old games if you really want to play them that badly. Then, in a few months at most, when you're probably not playing the old console much at all, disconnect it but keep it handy. Non-existent problem solved.

Except of course that old consoles, like old computers, become basically unusable. My old N64 was damaged, and all 4 controllers were also. Sure I can spend 200$ or so replacing all those with second hand ones that could also break at any point as well as purchase the new 300$ console, but why? Not to mention that I move around a lot and I had recently needed to move continents. It becomes unfeasible to bring with me my old SNES, N64, Gamecube, xbox, and their respective libraries.

But you are right, its not a HUGE problem. I personally solve it by using PC emulation which is in the legal grey zone, but I do feel justified considering that I have these systems and games across the ocean somewhere and its not like the developers make money off them anymore even if I bought them used (and I dont want to buy a TV on top of that). I don't if that's just me rationalizing or legitimate points though.

drummodino:
I've been an avid console gamer my whole life but now for the first time I have a (fairly) high quality gaming pc and I'm not going back, even for my beloved infamous series. Everything I hear about these new consoles just makes me not want them even more.

That's pretty much me at this point (except the gaming PC, but my Macbook has been sufficient so far). A good portion of my current library is on my Mac, and I'm only keeping the two consoles I have (Wii and PS3) until I finish all of my games on them. I won't be investing in next-gen consoles anytime soon, if ever.

maxben:
I personally solve it by using PC emulation which is in the legal grey zone, but I do feel justified considering that I have these systems and games across the ocean somewhere and its not like the developers make money off them anymore even if I bought them used (and I dont want to buy a TV on top of that). I don't if that's just me rationalizing or legitimate points though.

I'd say those are legitimate points. As long the games you're emulating are "out of print," so to speak, you're fine

I was going to suggest Yahtzee may want to take up PC gaming, but then he goes and agrees already at the end of the article.

I gotta say though that being a PC gamer first and foremost is a big reason why I'm perfectly happy with my Nintendo Wii. As a standalone console or a competitor for your TV beside a PS3 or 360 I know it's not very good. But as a secondary platform if you feel like leaving your PC screen for a bit to sit on the couch and indulge in some nostalgic Japanese gaming, the Wii was a perfectly decent console as I'm sure the Wii-U will be. I mean if you want to go for the really older games like back to the SNES days it's easy enough to emulate on your PC, but that's kind of like reading a book off your PC screen vs having a paperback and reading it relaxed in bed or on the couch.

Back to the topic though, being a PC gamer yes we bloody well do need a new console generation. With all the cross platforming going on consoles need to get closer to modern PC hardware so they can stop holding PC games back. On the first page someone gave a good breakdown on the sacrifices that were made to Skyrim so it could accommodate the consoles.

I truly may stop console gaming, I guess it depends on how the next few months shake out and what these new system end up actually looking like, speculation aside. I've been getting a bit more into PC gaming and am enjoy indie and low budget games the most recently. I can't run high end games to my standard of quality on my current machine. I'm definitely considering the idea of going all in on PC but I will wait to make up my mind, it's unfortunate that most of my friends are involved with console gaming exclusively and I don't see that changing for some.

Blachman201:
I find myself agreeing with most of the points, and the one on the lack backwards compatibility especially. You would have thought that Sony had learned something, anything, from the launch of the PS3.

Yeah, they learned that their complicated Cell processor was a major pain for developers so they ditched it. The only way to offer backwards compatability would be to include a Cell processor in the PS4 just to support old games. The PS3 launched with the "emotion engine" to do just that, and that was also dropped to lower the price - you know, the PS3's biggest problem on launch.

And the lack of compatibility for PSN titles? There is just no excuse.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding here, but are you saying that PSN titles should be easier to run on the PS4 than disc based titles? Why? In either case the PS4 has to include special hardware to run the old game or the companies that made the games will have to re-program them to work on PS4's architecture.

There is actually some small hope for a compromised version of backwards compatability. The PS4 could verify that you own the game through PSN or the disc and then let you play a streamed version of the PS3 game through Gaikai. Although that would be a pretty sub-par experience.

I'm more for a new console when they show a new, innovative way to play games, as well as keep the games fun. My experience with Wii U and Nintendo Land shows that Nintendo did just that, at least in my opinion, hence why I want the damn thing.

1nfinite_Cros5:
Well-said, Yahtzee.

I've been a console gamer all my life and I am also investing in PC gaming as a safe-guard for enjoyment next generation. I need it to fall back onto in the case that the probable 2nd Video Game Crash happens and the whole industry spends months, if not years, re-evaluating its system.

There's like almost no chance of another "video game crash". The crash was caused by a lot of factors that don't even exist anymore - like expensive cartridges. A crash like that will simply never happen again. There's a small chance that a few big publishers(like EA, Squeenix, and Ubisoft) may go out of business, but that's just a reflection of the changing market. The advantages of a giant publisher are quickly turning into liabilities and wastefulness. Beyound that, the only crash that could happen would be if the actual economy crashed. People have been talking about the 2nd big video game crash since the first one happened and it never happens.

There's a small chance that a console might "fail" and there be less competitors in that market.

That said, I'm still hopeful with the PS4. I'm waiting to see what they show at E3 and anything else before launch. If they can fix the backwards-compatibility problem

The backwards compatability "problem" will not be "fixed" since the PS4 uses a totally different architecture, unless you consider Gaikai a fix.

grumpymooselion:
"But it'll get pirated" nonsense, because if Valve, Blizzard and others have proven anything to us over the years

If nothing else Gaben was dead on when he said that piracy is a service problem. The reason Steam is so successful is it's well priced, has cuastomer friendly bundles and sales, and is frigging EASY. A few clicks and a paypal password and you're done. Any time, anywhere, without having to make a dedicated trip or even go to amazon or anything.

A lot of old media industries are now struggling to deal with pracy because they jsut won't adapt their services to make them more friendly to the consumer.

Edit: This an issue the next gen consoles are gonna face if you ask me, especially microsoft. The biggest part of a console is it's library and the Xbox has Halo and not a lot else, while Halo is very popular it's seen declining sales and on it's own won't shift units. Sony has a fair bit more first party stuff going on and so does Nintendo. We're gonna see some big changes in the market as the casuals move more towards smart phones and tablet games and the SNES/Genesis kids like me mature and move on to PC gaming for the convenience of it all.

I'm loving the kind of titles you never get on consoles like Chivalry and all the console games seem to come to PC anyway, so it's becoming a platform of choice for me.

OT: Yeah I'ma be building myself a pretty nice rig soon. I do have a Wii U and I like it but there's nothing out til like August... as for the PS4, I'll grab it in 6 years cheapt o play the first party stuff. Couldn't care less about the Xbox Again.

I would hold my horses on this one. After all it wasn't very long ago when people were saying that "PC gaming is dead". Now these people are pointed and laughed at. So maybe we shouldn't be so hasty on proclaiming the death of consoles. I've heard mostly good things about the PS4 (then again - it's only news I've stumbled upon accidentally, since I'm not interested in consoles). The new Xbox has gained so much negative PR now that unless Microsoft announces that it will dispense free blowjobs and cunnilingus ON TOP of having the greatest games ever made in its launch line up (needless to say, without an always-online requirement), it seems that the thing will just crash. But again - the PS4 doesn't seem so bad. All I'm saying is, that just like PC gaming got out just fine out if its crisis, the consoles might pull through as well. Maybe.

maxben:

StriderShinryu:
I really need to watch out for this mystical creature that appears from the ether and devours your previous gen hardware the moment you buy something new. It's odd because I own still working hardware and games dating back to the Intellivision and I've never seen it.

I'm sorry, but backwards compatibility is not that big of a deal. Sure, it's a nice convenience, but it's far from a game breaking issue. Just keep using your old console for your old games if you really want to play them that badly. Then, in a few months at most, when you're probably not playing the old console much at all, disconnect it but keep it handy. Non-existent problem solved.

Except of course that old consoles, like old computers, become basically unusable. My old N64 was damaged, and all 4 controllers were also. Sure I can spend 200$ or so replacing all those with second hand ones that could also break at any point as well as purchase the new 300$ console, but why? Not to mention that I move around a lot and I had recently needed to move continents. It becomes unfeasible to bring with me my old SNES, N64, Gamecube, xbox, and their respective libraries.

But you are right, its not a HUGE problem. I personally solve it by using PC emulation which is in the legal grey zone, but I do feel justified considering that I have these systems and games across the ocean somewhere and its not like the developers make money off them anymore even if I bought them used (and I dont want to buy a TV on top of that). I don't if that's just me rationalizing or legitimate points though.

That gray zone depends on where you are. Here in the UK it pretty much comes down to if you own the software, as in you go out and buy a physical copy, it's yours to do with as you will. So you can run a disc in your PC with emulation if you go and buy it legitimately, or use some kind of adaptor to play a cartridge, or extract the ROM, etc. But not if you download it from a torrent (unless it's some kind of abandonware but thats not likely for console games, publishers being giant IP tanks as they are).

Gotta say I think companies like Nintendo and Sony should consider the market for their retro stuff on the PC. I think they could make some money out of it if they sold old games at a fair price.

"Ditch the PS4 midnight launch and spend your evening building a decent gaming PC instead. I would."

About fucking time!

At this point it's safe to say that PC has the biggest library of games, period - because I can not only play games from the early 2000's on my PC (compatibility mode ftw) but I also have the option of emulating all PS1, PS2, Gamecube, etc games and upscaling their resolution to make them look better than the original! You know, that thing that new consoles should be able to do by default but can't?
There are also entire archives of countless old flash/browser games available to play for free.

At this point it is far wiser to spend ~$900-1000 on a solid gaming PC than $500-600 on a "next gen" console that won't let you play a single game from the previous generation without having to boot up your PS2 or PS3. Why would you have a whole stack of consoles which "allow" you to play games when you can have a single PC that can pretty much do-it-all?

Sure there are hardware/software issues with PC's that you may need to learn how to troubleshoot and fix - but in the end it's YOU becoming more knowledgeable and YOU who has an endless game library of old classics.

I heard the arguments the last time I brought this up. It's simply not practical to make the new consoles backwards compatible, the hardware's too clumsy, the emulation's too intensive, blah de blah de blah. If that's the case, then don't make a new console. If it can't be done, then you drop the fucking idea right then and there until it can. Full stop. Exclamation mark. The only way a new console is in any way justifiable is as an UPGRADE of the existing generation's console, not a fucking replacement for it. You CANNOT replace a library of hundreds of games with a library of ZERO games and tell us it's an improvement. That is fucking bonkers.

That may just be the smartest thing about gaming I have ever read and I feel like a jackass for not thinking of it myself. I was always pissed off at a lack of backwards compatibility but I was never able to think of it in those terms.

I'm looking forward to the new gen. It means I'll be able to pick up a PS3 dirt cheap for the 4 or 5 games I want it for and not feel like I've been robbed!

I only bought a PS3 a few months ago, because I'll be dammed if I'm missing out on Journey, Sony Smash Bros, inFamo 2 and MGS4. I don't need a new generation, I still got half the current one to catch up on.

Bail the new console generation and stick with what I've got? Buy a big rig beautiful gaming PC instead? I thought that was my plan already. It's almost prophecy. Are you a mind-reader, Croshaw?

I can play:
--PS1, 2, 3 games
--N64 games
--Gameboy/Gameboy Advance games
--Gamecube games
and of course the unlimited number of PC games from the past and into the future. That includes just about every game from Sixth Generation and older thanks to emulation and Good Old Games. If I acquire a Nintendo DS, like I've been planning to, the number of games I can play once again goes way up.

As well, my future career depends on me having a strong computer that can run multiple heavy programs, so it's serving me outside of just entertainment as well. The attempts to make consoles more like PCs in this generation (full internet support, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) come off as just sad, because it's Sony and Microsoft assuming what I use my computer for to a fairly large degree, and they're wrong. If they didn't feel threatened by PCs, they wouldn't be trying to make "media centers" instead of fucking video game consoles.

Worse comes to worst, I borrow a friend's console. If they feel like bothering with this generation themselves, that is.

graphics and physics tech do not need to get any better to allow creators to realise their visions

But Yahtzee, you charismatic stallion, how am I to justify my 300 dollar graphics card?

Piorn:
At least they now have an excuse to make games that "look amazing" and have "never seen before graphics", instead of delivering unique and engaging experiences that would require actual effort to make.
Whoop-dee-doo, I'm thrilled...

And my prayers have been answered!

Honestly, I think I could live with PS1 era graphics if the games were good. I wouldn't be bothered if we didn't see visual improvement for another 10 years or so if it meant they'd work on something else instead.

kiri2tsubasa:
Speak for your self. My PC keeps crashing and blue screening when I play games. So, yeah, consoles are my method of gaming that works 100% of the time.

Unless they RROD or YLOD. Or DRE.

I guess what I'm saying is, broken hardware is broken hardware. A BSOD is indicative that something is wrong with your PC.

rasputin0009:
I find the "lack of backwards-capability" argument moot. Yes, you can have more than one console hooked up to your television. No, I don't want a more expensive console.

It doesn't look like this gen is actually going to see a price break for ditching backwards compatibility. It also isn't really the end-all that you can hook multiple consoles up to your TV.

And consoles won't be holding back PC's as much as this generation has.

For like, a month or two. The PS4's already dated, and it's not out yet. Then we run into the same "problem" all over again.

I think Nintendo was right to put out a new console so they could step it up graphically now that HDTVs are in most households and they are losing out on games because the Wii couldn't run them. I think Sony and Microsoft are right in upgrading, but they are doing it horribly. No backwards compatibility and so much hardware that they have to be sold at a tremendous loss. My PC has 8 GB of RAM, but I need to run an OS in the background and I can still have my game on max, music playing, and a browser open in monitor number 2 without the slightest problem. What the hell is a console going to do with that much memory?

The AAA industry varies a lot. While EA and Co. may be saddened by a lowly 2 million in sales, Nintendo looks at the market and doesn't try and over-hype games to the point that they NEED to sell millions of units. Skyward Sword sold "only" 3.65 million and Nintendo didn't put out any statements about how disappointed they were, though I'm sure they were hoping for closer to 5 million. It's all about the company and how they treat games.

Is it wrong for me to want this industry to crash already? I wouldn't mind loosing generation or two just so all these terrible business practices could die. And we would still have indie games in meantime.

1nfinite_Cros5:
the probable 2nd Video Game Crash happens

lolwhaaaaaaat?

There's nothing probable about a second video game crash. Even if the big companies fail, they're not going to have the massive impact that the Atari generation had.

Gaming has passed the fad threshold.

Normally I don't completely see eye-to-eye with you Yahtzee (usually over the minor things, I'll admit). However, I have to say A-fucking-men to this; you hit the nail dead center. I started my gaming on the Xbox, but have slowly been moving over to the PC for the past 5 years because the companies in charge of the consoles don't seem to grasp this one basic point.

If only emulation was easier...and not 'sort of illegal', i would ditch consoles entirely.

Vhite:
Is it wrong for me to want this industry to crash already?

You don't want an actual crash. I don't think anyone who says they want a crash understands what a real crash is likely to do to gaming. Or, more appropriately, what it won't do for gaming.

The real question with indie games would be "would that be enough to sustain the distribution services required to keep them mainstream?"

That result, too, might not be what you would hope for.

So in short, let me ask: is it wrong of me to sort of want you to get your wish to see how all the people calling for a crash react when they get what they said they wanted?

kiri2tsubasa:
Speak for your self. My PC keeps crashing and blue screening when I play games. So, yeah, consoles are my method of gaming that works 100% of the time.

I truly don't mean to sound rude, but this complaint is not relevant.

Why? I would fall back on my old analogy:
"Your PC is like your home. Keep it clean, tidy, and you're unlikely to have any trouble finding anything. Occasionally, some things in your home will need maintenance and may be broken. You have to accept the fact that your PC must be treated equally as such."

That's just my $0.02 on the matter. If you're not good at it inherently, a lot of times da 'googs' can be quite helpful if you're proficient enough in search engine 'key words.'

Zachary Amaranth:

graphics and physics tech do not need to get any better to allow creators to realise their visions

But Yahtzee, you charismatic stallion, how am I to justify my 300 dollar graphics card?

Piorn:
At least they now have an excuse to make games that "look amazing" and have "never seen before graphics", instead of delivering unique and engaging experiences that would require actual effort to make.
Whoop-dee-doo, I'm thrilled...

And my prayers have been answered!

Honestly, I think I could live with PS1 era graphics if the games were good. I wouldn't be bothered if we didn't see visual improvement for another 10 years or so if it meant they'd work on something else instead.

Eh, I wouldn't go that far, ps1 games, at least the 3d ones were pretty damned ugly. Late PS2? Sure I guess but let's not underestimate visual fidelity and authenticity. Graphics should certainly not be the main focus. I for one do not feel I would be anywhere near as big into gaming if this was what 3d games generally looked like

For like, a month or two. The PS4's already dated, and it's not out yet. Then we run into the same "problem" all over again.

Is it really? People are able to do pretty cool optimization trickery when working with consoles because everyone has the same hardware, which is why our current consoles survived so long on like half a GB on RAM. Also, no it's not really dated. Yea it's not on the absolute cutting edge but it takes a pretty long time for that cutting edge to reach the point where it's dated. All of my hardware is at least 4 years old and it was never at the absolute cutting edge yet I still seem to be able to run most games on high.

l3o2828:
If only emulation was easier...and not 'sort of illegal', i would ditch consoles entirely.

Well it's in a better place than ever before. The emulation teams out there really have made some huge strides in making everything more user-friendly, usable and stable. You'll still need to go through a short guide and get your hands on a "legal" (open to interpretation) BIOS of what you want to emulate, but after that it's fairly smooth sailing.

The best part is the ability to insta-save games at any moment, the emulator simply freeze-captures that emulated frame (at that point in time) and you can continue from that exact frame later.
Oh and playing PS2 classics rendered at 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing = your mind will be blown. The entire graphics engine gets re-rendered at that resolution and games like Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy X-2 and Zone of the Enders: 2nd Runner look better than most PS3 games!

So Yahtzee wants another 8 years of ridiculous load times, the samey plastic man graphics from Unreal Engine 3, upwards of 3 discs for Xbox, mandatory instals, re-skinned games labeled as sequels with zero improvements....You'll deal with all of that and more, just so you can play a bunch of PS2 games on your launch fatty or a third of Xbox1 games on the 360. And we're siting the WiiU as the example of why we don't need new consoles?
This gen can't end fast enough.

Lastly, I'm so tired of people crying about BC. Just keep your Xbox/PS3. No one is forcing you to trade. /stopbitching

for it's simply that point in time when gaming becomes all about tech and graphics instead of just...gaming. it's prob the few times in life when I end up watching movies or tv shows instead of playing games in my free time.

I suppose this is where people start to laud pc gaming but again lol "techs and graphics" ...Netflix is waiting

I'll hold on to the wait and see approach. For the time being I still have dozens of great current-gen games to play. I must admit that I have not seen a single thing about the next gen that excites me, but I'll probably get a PS4 later in its life cycle.

Mr_Terrific:
So Yahtzee wants another 8 years of ridiculous load times, the samey plastic man graphics from Unreal Engine 3, upwards of 3 discs for Xbox, mandatory instals, re-skinned games labeled as sequels with zero improvements....You'll deal with all of that and more, just so you can play a bunch of PS2 games on your launch fatty or a third of Xbox1 games on the 360. And we're siting the WiiU as the example of why we don't need new consoles?
This gen can't end fast enough.

Lastly, I'm so tired of people crying about BC. Just keep your Xbox/PS3. No one is forcing you to trade. /stopbitching

The precedent that PC has where my PC is pretty much backwards compatible with everything, including any console that came out before the PS2, and the PS2's introduction of BC to the market makes it a reasonable demand. I played through all of FFIX on an emulator and could have well done so on a computer worse than the PS4. Apparently Persona 4 is perfectly playable on a PS2 emulator, those are my favorite games of the last two generations. Why the hell can't the PS4 at least have a disk-check and software emulation system so I can at the very least do that on there? Are you seriously telling me that the less-than-2MB ePSXe's functionality is beyond the scope of the PS4?

I don't want to fiddle around with my 360 and PS3 if I have 720 (unlikely) and PS4 (Likely). I want to buy my console, set it up, and be done with the back of my TV. I have sat on games I've owned for months because I couldn't be assed to move consoles from one TV to another because it's a hassle.

grumpymooselion:
Sounds like a personal issue. Windows, Linux and Mac OS all are at points where they're wholly stable for even the most casual of users, regardless of which one, two or three of three you might want to go with. Having worked in tech support long enough to know it all too well, anything I see a person with problems with their PC or Mac or whatever these days, it's almost always a problem on the user's end.

Why does it matter whose "end" the problem is on? It's still a problem. And most people don't need to call tech support for their consoles, but their PCs. And if there's anything customers love, it's being told that the problem is their fault.

Do you really expect people to change? There's no way that people are going to go back to PC gaming in significant numbers. It's a niche market because console gaming works better for the average person.

Catch 52:
I am aware that a lot of people are saying that they won't buy in to the next consoles, but can you honestly say that will be your viewpoint five years after the PS4 etc. have been out? When the only new games on the market are for the next generation consoles eventually some developer will make a game that makes you want to switch.

I can honestly say I will not want a PS4 or new Xbox even when the only new games on the market are for them. Actually, that's not even true. The PC will, if the trend of shutting down indie platforms continues, be the only place to get non-AAA games. If the trend of homogenizing AAA games to acquire bigger audiences and thus (they suppose) more profits continues, there will a tapestry of interesting exclusive experiences on the PC and the new consoles will have... Resident Evil 7? Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4?
Grand Theft Auto VI? New NEW Super Mario Bros. U?

Sorry, started ranting there. I'm very frustrated with triple-A game development at the moment. The point is, if the new consoles are as big of a flop as I expect, time alone will not be enough to mend it. With so many sequels and little room for new IP it will hard for a new, fresh generation to get into the major systems too. I can't decide if I want Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo to learn and improve or crash and burn horribly. I think either result will be good for gaming and gamers in the long run.

Gaming's future lies in non-exclusivity, reasonable costs, unrestricted development and access to games from the entire history of the medium.

Now in all fairness, buying a Wii-U dev kit does give you a free Unity Pro license, making it stupidly easy to port your games to less restricted platforms. I'm not sure what the cost of a dev kit is, but considering that a Unity Pro license is $1500, the remainder of the cost you pay is probably pretty small.

Holy...I'm at a loss for words. I read Yahtzee's articles and watch his videos, but there are always things I disagree with that he says. Nothing big, just different tastes. But here, for the first time ever, I find myself standing up and shouting, "HELL YEAH!" to everything he's said.

My friend at work is hyped about the new PS4. And he's upset with me because I'm upset about not being able to play my games. I keep telling him that I won't be buying one for a loooooong time because there are no games for the new system that I want. And he tells me I'm being stupid. I want to take this article and shove it in his face.

Sound the horns and call the angels. This entire article is exactly how I feel about this new console generation. I feel nothing but dread for it because I have two and a half crates full of PS2, PS3, and 360 games and the thought of not being able to play them on the new system bothers me to no end.
Has it been confirmed that our stuff won't transfer over--accounts, trophies, personal stuff and whatnot--to the new systems? Because Yahtzee makes it sound like they won't, and if that's the case I'm really going to be pissed. I did not reach level 19 (nearly level 20 now) and get all those platinum trophies only to see them thrown out the window in the next console run.

Clovus:

Yeah, they learned that their complicated Cell processor was a major pain for developers so they ditched it. The only way to offer backwards compatability would be to include a Cell processor in the PS4 just to support old games. The PS3 launched with the "emotion engine" to do just that, and that was also dropped to lower the price - you know, the PS3's biggest problem on launch.

(...)

In either case the PS4 has to include special hardware to run the old game or the companies that made the games will have to re-program them to work on PS4's architecture.

So, TL;DR version: "Sony shot themselves so thoroughly in the foot with the engineering of the PS3, that they are limping into the next generation."

What you seem to be saying implies a lack of foresight on Sony's behalf that I as both a costumer and aspiring historian find quite worrisome.

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