Originally Posted by Anthony1
If Microsoft went to the trouble of putting a 360 SoC inside each of their next-gen machines, then they are doing that for a very specific reason. They are doing it so that people will be able to transfer over all their crap without having to jump through all kinds of crazy hoops. It's a huge selling feature to know that you can buy a Xbox Infinity and know that you can put your Gamertag on the new system and download all your previous stuff.
Honestly, I think it would actually win them this console war. (assuming they don't do something crazy like not allow used games while Sony does allow used games). I know for some people, backwards compatibility is totally overrated, and wouldn't affect their buying decisions, but I know that for many others, it's EXTREMELY important and would be a make or break feature.
the console war in the hardware sense is feature for feature. i dont believe backwards compatability is a nail in the coffin for any console maker. its simply a gesture of gratitude and should be offered in every console, whether it be at launch or sometime shortly after via patch. the xbox did this after launch with no issues.
More importantly, this generation is not as much of a leap in technical aspects as the last transition. so alot of people wont be adopting the new console at lanch as much as there were in the last round of consoles. So i dont see why its such a big issue if its not present at launch. No one is requiring you to trade in your 360 for a 720 or your ps3 for the ps4, so its not like your up a river without a paddle. If BC is the main focus on the minds of console makers, they would simply make an addon for your current console so you can play more up to date games tech wise and still keep your current library in tact. was that the jaguar add on for the sega that was so many years ago?
fact is, people need to adapt or get left behind. we've been waiting for 7 years for something new and were already complaining about the possible transition. this generation is probably the worst ive seen with exception of a few bright spots. the last year and a half of console gaming has been abysmal and leaves me wanting a new experience even more. seems all we get is rehash after rehash of the same old series with the same characters, year in, year out. new consoles usually bring new series and enlightened creativity. console gaming is pretty much black and white and we desperately need some color added to the situation.
what we should be complaining about is the fact that microsoft is planning on winning the dollar war but not captivating the consumer market in the games sense of things. they want to issue a product of value, with games in the background. It should be pretty obvious between the rumors and the current state of the dashboard that microsoft had the industry by the neck with cretivity and stellar game franchises and an awesome online service. but guess what, that land has been conquered and microsoft has basically hit it and quit it. they are merely the name you look to first and they will be trying to captivate your wallet instead of your imagination with the all in one media center that just happens to play games.
the sore thing about this is, the nextbox will come in shy of what the ps4 can handle and all the third party titles will be similar between the two consoles. basically, the nextbox slightly inferior technical aspects will not allow the ps4 to shine and high higher fidelity. all microsoft has to do is get within range of the slightest degree of the ps4 hardware to be considered in the same market and basically put the ball and chain on ps4 third party titles from a graphical standpoint. lets face it, standardization is a crappy part of life and we cant have 6 different ports for each platform. publishers have to cut corners somewhere. if these two are even considered competing for the same dollar, the ports will be identical for both consoles.
Sadly, the almighty dollar will reign supreme over creativity and fun, which are what games are supposed to be about. And this should come as no suprise to anyone as the transition of focus off the customer and on the profit has hit the peak a long time ago. The efforts of the PS4 will be all for not, excluding first part exclusives, due to microft rolling into town on fumes while the ps4 is blazing with a full tank and trying to put the core gamer first again.
Microsoft fully expects to reign supreme again off its past efforts, and the likelihood of them taking the crown again is pretty high no matter what turd they roll out at E3. when you've all but monopolized the console market, your in an invincible strategic position to do no wrong. Your current customers just want to see what you will be offering so you can take their money again and again. I for one have been an xbox gamer since its induction on to today and am disgusted by the lack of creativity that just completely dropped off somewhere down the road. There is literally nothing good to play, were seeing 4th and 5th installments on series that should have died after the 2nd one. No one has done much of anything in the past year and a half worth noting and now everyone is holding off for the new consoles. So what does that mean for us? two friggin years of absolute steaming, fruit fly attracting dung POS games that arent worth 5 minutes of my time. Ive literally all but completely given up on games in general its so bad. Im ready for a new shooter thats worth playing and believe it or not, bf4 and cod 17 announcements do nothing for me. You polish that turd, because in the end its still the same old turd.
I just hope if the nextbox does just enough to share front page ad space for black friday, that they get the same ports as WIIU and the ps4 gets direct or damn near perfect PC ports. someone needs to stick it up microsofts you know what, because we all know whats coming. If it was up to me, I'd tell both sony and microsoft to stick it for letting these consoles go on for so long. I'v never seen a drought like this. One more year with no consoles would have completely killed the industry. :vomit: