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EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

Jonathan Lester
Backwards Compatibility, EA, Next-gen

EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

Hints At Christmas 2013 Release

EA's Chief Financial Officer has dropped a few interesting hints about the next console generation, suggesting that neither Sony nor Microsoft's offering will support current-generation games.

"An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible," CFO Blake Jorgensen said during a Q&A Panel at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, as reported by Gamasutra. "And if you [play] multiplayer on a game, you'll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation."

"If you're a FIFA player and, and the soccer season's starting in August, and all your friends are playing FIFA, you're going to want to be on the same box that they're on. So if they all go out and buy a gen-four box if it comes out at Christmas, then you'll most likely do it. If they all hold on and continue to play on third-generation, you'll probably not see that box purchase until after the soccer season's over."

Since Jorgensen was discussing the next-generation as part of a question regarding their annualised sports franchises, it's possible (read: obvious) that he's trying to convince players to buy the next FIFA and Madden games on release rather than waiting for the next generation of consoles, but the hint of a Christmas launch is rather tantalising indeed.

How important is backwards compatibility to you, and could its absence affect whether or not you buy into the next console generation?

We may find out more details during Sony's mysterious press conference on February 20th.

Add a comment5 comments
Tsung  Feb. 13, 2013 at 09:50

I should hope that content bought from the PS store or Xbox Live is available on the new consoles and we would not be expected to buy it all over again. Oh look a rainbow unicorn.

JonLester  Feb. 13, 2013 at 10:07

That'd be nice. It would be so easy too, since only software emulation would be required (hell, Sony could potentially even let you stream titles you've already purchased using Gaikai and cloud saves).

Korma  Feb. 13, 2013 at 10:33

It's so heartwarming to see a bigwig from EA that is concerned that people are still able to play multiplayer games online with their friends.

It's not like EA shutdown their FIFA servers for 2-3 year old versions in the middle of the football season or something is it? Oh, wait, it is.

If there is no backwards compat then all the DLC you bought and Arcade games etc will be left hanging and if there's nothing to tether it to the new systems it will be all the easier to switch off in a few years like they did with Xbox 1.

People will be stuck playing games without even the day one patches that try to fix the most broken parts of shipped games. On the plus side, at that point the dashboard will be free of advertising.

Late  Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:05

Every gen I hope to see backwards compatibility (and often do), and every gen I keep hold of my last console because there'll be a few games that won't work or won't work as well on the new machine.

Do I ever play my old games once I get the new console? Do I boIlocks. I buy loads of shiny new games I can ill afford, and spend every spare minute playing them. The old stuff ain't going to get a look in.

So all in all, I'm not all that bothered about backwards compatibility, now. Having it is definitely a selling point, though...

Edit: dead subtle avoidance of the swear filter. I'm such a rebel...

Last edited by Late, Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:36
Breadster  Feb. 13, 2013 at 16:31

It's pretty important to me. There's often times were I want to play xbox 1 games (just last week I played through Genma Onimusha again) but most of them don't work. I don't want to have to set up several consoles at once. It wouldn't even he hard for them to include it so I don't see the problem.

Why is it that pretty much every time I hear something about the new consoles, it's bad news? I'm not particularly looking forward to them at all. All I keep hearing about is new ways that they're going to screw us over.


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