Kotaku has recently reported about Sony’s next generation system. It is rumored to lock out used games as well PS3 backwards compatibility. A lot of the gaming community is outraged over all of this as if it were true. Baltimore gamers should not concern themselves with things that do hurt the consumer in general.
Backwards compatibility is an issue that has beaten to death over and over again. It is not an essential part of playing new games. New hardware is produced to play software. Why would someone buy a PlayStation 4 to play PS3 games? The purpose of the PS4 would be to play the software specifically made for it. Backwards compatibility is not always great right out of the box anyway. The PS2 was not 100 percent accurate with PS1 titles. The old PS3 also had difficulty running old software as well. People who would trade in PS3 to buy PS4 might be disappointed if their favorite game did not perform that well on the system. Some are forgetting that putting in hardware to run PS3 games would make the PS4 more expensive.
The used game issue falls into same territory as backwards compatibility. Buying used games does not support the industry at all. Blocking out used games helps developers make money in order to keep producing more titles in the future. Used games only help retailers make money. If companies do not have money, then they cannot develop anymore games. If no new software is released, then the industry will fade away.
The gaming industry will thrive if people buy consoles for their true intentions and support the developers of the games they like. Consumers should buy software for the system it was designed to run on. Speaking with one’s money, and developers deserve to see some of it. If the industry falls, then we all lose out in the end.