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Next gen consoles probably won’t be backwards compatible

by Mark Tyson on 13 February 2013, 11:15

Tags: Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA)

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The next generation “gen-four” consoles from Sony and Microsoft are “unlikely” to feature backwards compatibility according to a senior Electronic Arts executive. Electronic Arts' chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen was talking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco yesterday, where he offered up lots of games industry insider information. Gamasutra was at the conference and put together an interesting series of quotes from Jorgensen’s talk.

EA’s core of ten-to-fifteen titles

EA CFO Jorgensen suggested that EA had too many titles on its hands for previous generational shifts. He said this was a major reason for the bumpy transitions between consoles in the past. “We had way too many titles in the last transition, and the more titles you have, the more expensive it is to convert them from one generation to the next,” commented the EA financial boss.

Backwards compatibility and the upgrade lag

The management at EA expect that 2014 game sales will still largely be dominated by third generation console games. Jorgensen explained that sports calendars don’t tally very closely to traditional peak console sales calendars. People will want to play EA’s latest sports franchises when they are new, rather than waiting for a next gen console to come out.

“An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible...” said Jorgensen while discussing the FIFA soccer game series. He seems to suggest that if friends buy a new FIFA game in August, at the start of the football season, they will probably not upgrade to a next gen console until the end of the season. This is assuming the next gen consoles aren’t around before that date...

What is new about the next gen consoles?

EA has seen “gen-four” and Jorgensen thinks that “people are going to be pretty excited”. He went on to talk about some further non-specific aspects of the as yet unrevealed new gaming consoles; “I do think once again without describing the new consoles, you've got to assume they're going to be highly integrated into the living room and the house, and there will be a lot of capability for interaction. I think the console makers have seen what the typical gameplay is today. It's very different than five years ago, or ten years ago. It was typically single gameplay, not dual gameplay or multi game players. So there's going to be some connectivity potential around that to make the game much more exciting”.

Jorgensen also said he could see a lot more interaction and integration between tablets, smartphones and consoles. “You're going to see people playing on glass at the same time they're playing on the console. And there's going to be some exciting innovations around that.”

Used games?

There has been a lot of chitter-chatter about both Sony and Microsoft barring the playing of used games on their next gen systems. EA’s Jorgensen had an interesting opinion on the subject. “Would we like to sell everything at full price and not have a used game market? Sure. But I think the used game market's a little like any other kind of market where it creates liquidity. The fact is, that liquidity benefits us in some fashion. So if someone goes in and trades in a game, there's a good chance they're going to buy another one of our games.” He surmised that the used games market is currently “not a bad thing at all” for EA.

The first “gen-four” console we are likely to see is Sony’s effort on 20th February. There’s just one week until we “see the future”.



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"Gen-Four" soo everything from before the PSX / Saturn / N64 doesn't count anymore?
What about my old Mega-Drive, Snes, Master-system, NES & Atari 2600? I even have an old Phillips Videopac G7000 :P
zaph0d
"Gen-Four" soo everything from before the PSX / Saturn / N64 doesn't count anymore?
What about my old Mega-Drive, Snes, Master-system, NES & Atari 2600? I even have an old Phillips Videopac G7000 :P


I still have a Grandstand
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandstand_(game_manufacturer) [en.wikipedia.org]
zaph0d
"Gen-Four" soo everything from before the PSX / Saturn / N64 doesn't count anymore?
What about my old Mega-Drive, Snes, Master-system, NES & Atari 2600? I even have an old Phillips Videopac G7000 :P


they weren't made by sony or MS. they are talking about the 4th gen consoles from sony and MS - read the first line of the story
The next generation “gen-four” consoles from Sony and Microsoft are “unlikely” to feature backwards compatibility according to a senior Electronic Arts executive.

I really hope he's wrong. With the PS4 it's a bit more debatable since we didn't get the PS2-loading feature on the PS3. However, the current XBox (360) plays XBox titles, so it'd be a bit of a wrench if the XBox720 can't play the existing titles. I surely can't be the only one with an appreciable library of "well loved" titles who's going to be royally p'd off if they can't use those on the new console while waiting for something decent "native/next-gen".

Actually, I'll go further, a '720 that couldn't do '360 titles might persuade me to hold onto the existing '360 and shift my main game playing platform to PC instead (or even SteamBox if that's up and running properly).

Not that I'm at all interested in any of the sports titles that the rest of the article was covering.
On the PS3, you need to buy a Ninja USB and be on CFW 3.66 to play PS2 games.
The USB stick costs £30!