We all get the new console for the new games, but some new games could benefit from leveraging data from existing games. Suikoden did it, and I'd like Rock Band to as well.
When I first got a PS2 in 2001, I got Onimusha with it, but I was also using it to reduce load times on my PS1 games.
True, I have a feeling that if there is going to be backwards compatible on a new console, there going to do this what they did with the Vita. Only Via digital downloads thru PS store. This i suppose would keep customers happy
I think the other thing is that you hav to look at sales. Sony is great when it comes to supporting a system, but it hurt them in the long run. Microsoft just killed the xbox, but people accepted it and moved on. I, myself, enjoy the BC on my PS3, but I don't see Sony doing it again, just so they can push PSN sales.
In any case there should be a solution of playing the previous generation of games on the next console, whether it be built in or a separate add-on. That is the best way to attract the early adoptors...
I say just look over some of the market facts on this and see that Sony mends to bring in more of the past content into digital form and so transittion is formed at that . Gamers have loved that Sony is making the transittion more heavier in the past year for more avaliable digital content.
For me it is hard to keep managing since I need to keep deleting old stuff to make roof for the new games and other various content. (Fat PS3, 60GB)
You think it hurt Sony to keep supporting the previous system? I've always thought otherwise. When PS2 came out in 2000, the PS1 still saw many a big game release, and ultimately the PS2 still went on to become gaming's (argueably) biggest console.
I don't think it hurts Sony to have a method of BC at all when they introduce a next gen system. I believe this is important to attract early adoptors to the platform.
The point of BC is also to keep current players buying new games for the current gen.
Let's play a little what if.
E3 is coming, so lets say they announce the P4... In this version they give a release date of OCt 2013, right at the top of xmas buying season. The new system boasts massive power, 50 new titles at launch, 5 AAA games before dec 25th, 4 usb port and 2 hdmi... But no BC for P3 games.
At the same time they announce a line up of 50 new titles for the P3 up through xmas 2013 as well.
In this version of the future How may people do you think will simply stop buying P3 games and start saving for the P4. Why would they drop hundreds of dollars for a system that will be "old" in six months. Looking at your game collection right now and realizing that the new system makes them all coasters, unless you want to run a P3 and a P4 at the same time.
On the other side, how many people will just hold off getting a P4 until later as they get their dollars worth out of the P3 cycle.
I think we all have to expect a price point of around 400 for the next gen releases (except maybe the Wii, but Mario sux so who cares). Will you drop 400 bucks on a system at release, and have to start buying new games top play it from day one at 60 -70 bucks a pop, while yoiu still have a massive P3 library sitting in your living room? What will the trade in market look like by 2013?
I see little or no upside for Sony to not have BC at least for release cycle... they can phase it out again like they did with the P3. But not doing has no upside that I can see, other then insuring employment for the Forum moderators as the flame wars and ban hammers go flying all over the place.