Originally Posted by confidenceman
It's more than that. Sony is doing damage to their overall online brand. It's not just PS3 games that this affects. Now that Sony has set this precedent, why would I buy PS4 games digitally? Companies with a strong online presence have to be sensitive to legacy--even if that legacy is ultimately illusory. It's different if you're a rental or streaming outfit (like Netflix or Hulu). But if you're in the business of selling
digital products, you have to develop a sense of consistency, legacy support, and permanence. Without that, your products are seen as disposable and value-less. Combined with the premium price of Sony's digital products compared to other platforms, what reason now do consumers have to choose Sony over another digital platform?
This was a serious strategic error on Sony's part IMO. BC support isn't just about playing old games. It's about the perceived value of current
It's not a strategic error, it's the best of a series of tough decisions.
Cell is a dead end. That was obvious by 2008. Work hasn't been done on the chip in a long time, Sony sold their fabs, it's not going anywhere. If it caught on, then we might have seen a brand new Cell with more SPUs or whatever that can run PS3 games flawlessly. That didn't happen They needed to cut the cord. or use some crappy derivative of it like Nintendo's slow-ass Wii U CPU. I say they made the right decision, but it put them in a bind.
Emulation is not an option - it's just not going to happen. They could bolt PS3 hardware onto every PS4, but that would be a large added expense that people may not even want. And if they do want it, they won't want it in a year when there is a large PS4 library and most people have moved on. I can see it going both ways. They can eat those costs (which makes it harder to do business going forward) or pass them on to people who don't want them, or just offer a clean start and get the costs down as much as possible.
In the CE market, price rules. I also think that the past generation has proven that no, people don't really play old games as much as they think they would. I am going to buy a PS4 to play PS4 games, if I wanted PS3 games I will buy a PS3.
No decision is free, putting in PlayStation 3 hardware would be a massive cost and in business, massive costs need payoffs. If Sony didn't see where those costs will end up with a positive payoff, they shouldn't do it.