Backwards Compatibility. Do We Need It?

The age old question of if newer consoles need backwards compatibility has been around since the PS1 evolved into the PS2, which then evolved into the PS3 before finally evolving into the PS4. Of course the evolution of consoles won’t stop at the PS4 as technology becomes better each time, but the question of whether or not backwards compatibility is needed remains the same.

As long as gamers want to continue to play older games that they own, there will always be a need for backwards compatibility. Always. There really is no way around getting gamers to not want or need backwards compatibility, it’s virtually impossible. Each and every console maker understands this need. Backwards compatibility has to be one of the most requested feature of any new console. Why? Because most gamers don’t have an unlimited amount of space for console after console after console, yet they still want to play their old games. Or another scenario could be that an older console has broken and it’s either not worth it to get fixed or it’s too costly to replace. If a newer console can play newer games that run at higher rates and all these different things, then why can’t this new console run a game that runs at a lower rate and is created with last generations technology? While some companies understand this need and are willing to adapt to allow gamers this feature there are still others that are left in the dark.

While Microsoft came out of E3 looking like a big hero because of their Xbox One now allowing for backwards compatibility of some games, with more to come in the future, Sony was kind of left as the odd man out with no plans of backwards compatibility to speak of. So why does Xbox get this much wanted feature and not Playstation? It’s all because of a little service called Playstation Now. Playstation Now is the Netflix of games. You pay a monthly or quarterly fee and you get unlimited access to a whole library of games that is constantly growing and you can stream all of them right from the console of your choice. So, why isn’t this enough? There are a couple of reasons why and one of them starts with the pricing. To use Playstation Now it’ll cost you either $19.99 a month or $44.99 a quarter. This comes out to a yearly total of $239.88 or $179.96. Each price plan is an absurd amount of money which takes me to my next point. This absurd amount of money is to play games that most gamers already own either on disk or digitally.

Sony will never admit that Playstation Now is basically a complete failure meaning that they will also not grant gamers the backwards compatibility that they want either. While more and more games come to Playstation Now, I can eventually see Sony lowering the price but whether or not it’s in the right price range is yet to be seen. I also think that the success of remastered games also has something to do with whether or not there will be backwards compatibility, because lets face it why should you play your PS3 version of a game on the PS4 when you can just go out and buy it all over again. So while Sony continues to conveniently forget that backwards compatibility is still something that Playstation owners not only want but need, at the moment gamers just have to deal with it. Although just dealing with it isn’t a solution and it won’t erase the need for backwards compatibility it’s just something that has to be done at this time.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider an Xbox One Exclusive

Seriously? Not that smart of a move on behalf of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. Reports are coming in from everywhere that the PS4 is out selling the Xbox one 3 to 1, so what’s the first thing you do? Give your next state of the art Tomb Raider game exclusively to the losing company. That makes no sense coming from a third party company who previously released the first reboot of this franchise to all consoles.

This sudden surge of third party companies giving exclusives to certain consoles makes no sense to me what so ever. As a third party company why would you want to limit who you sell your game to? I can understand both Playstation and Xbox having exclusive games from first party companies because of ownership. I would never expect games like Uncharted or The Last of Us be available on Xbox One.

By doing this you not only limit who you sell your game to but you limit the amount of money you’ll be making. Do you guys just not like money? Or have enough of it that you can say “Fuck it, we’ll only give our game to half of the people that want it.” This is just plain stupid. Why make less money when you can make more?

Also, do you not care about your already existing fan base that plays Tomb Raider on Playstation? How can you say that these fans no longer matter to you and if they want to play your game they’ll have to bow down and buy and Xbox One. I’m usually not pissed when games like Titan Fall get to be Xbox One exclusives, and do you know why? Because it’s a new IP. I’ve never played it before and I’m not going to get disappointed that I can’t play it now since it’s new. I am pissed however that Tomb Raider now gets to be an Xbox One exclusive because it’s something that I’ve been playing on Playstation for the longest time. Like many people out there I’ve played every single Tomb Raider game that was available all the way back to my PS1 days.

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With this new era of the Tomb Raider franchise and Lara Croft, I was super excited. It gave me a chance to play something familiar yet new at the same time. I actually enjoyed the most recent Tomb Raider game in the franchise and enjoyed learning of Lara’s origins. When Rise of the Tomb Raider was first announced at E3, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now? Now I’m just disappointed.

So now I’ll say thank you Tomb Raider for all the very fond memories that you’ve brought me over the years. I hope you guys at Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics know what your doing because you just lost not only a hell of a lot of sales, but a big majority of your fan base. I for one will not be getting an Xbox One just to get this game and I know many other people won’t be doing this either.

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