Originally Posted by ambesolman
Flower is the only game I've ever downloaded. It's different from any other game I've played and still fire it up on rare occasions. I'd still much rather be able to still play the games I payed good money (much more) for on a new console. I don't buy games often but think its rediculous that I'd have to hold on to my 60g fat to play ps3 games. I want to play uc series, SSX, or hell, even Bionic commando. All games I bought because I loved the originals. Nintendo made it possible to play originals games on the wii. Why can't Sony do the same?
I want one console to rule them all. One console to play them.
No manufacturer has had a good record with BC. The current generation is the first time it's been such a big issue (and much of a possibility). Sony's financial folks learned what most of us suspected anyways: the vast majority of people don't replay old games. They may say they want to, but when it comes down to it, they never do. Folks like us might, but we constitute a fraction of a percentage point of Sony's total consumer base. Sony also learned that it doesn't hurt their bottom line any to cut out BC. And, even better, Sony learned that they can release old material as "upgraded" versions that they can muster up added interest in, and sell at a profit.
In other words, don't expect BC for disc-based games. The question remains open for PSN titles. Judging by what's been happening with the Vita, I expect we'll see "many" PSN titles supported on the PS4, but not "all."
And if you truly want "One console to rule them all. One console to play them," you'll need to do your own backups and play them on a PC with an emulator. And that's likely how it will always be.