Sunday, August 23, 2015

Blaugust Day 21: Backwards Compatibility


What do we want on consoles? Backwards compatibility! When do we want it? Now!

Why isn’t it available on consoles yet? I don’t know! When can we have it? Actually, now!

Backwards compatibility seems to be that pie-in-the-sky dream and wish-list item for console gamers. How do I know? Because I complain about it myself all the time for my consoles.

What is backwards compatibility?

It’s when you can take an older game from the previous console(s) and play it on the newest one, provided it uses the same physical medium to play the game; like a disc or cartridge.

So why isn’t it a thing on consoles?

The consoles are just far too complex for them to include backwards compatibility. It’s just a fact… Well phooey, I don’t buy that for one second.

I have a far more complex machine running right next to me that can run emulation software and the old NES, SNES, and PS1 games I have or download. And what are consoles but just standardized computers. It can be done people, but manufacturers put up a hissy fit saying it’s just too hard.

Nintendo played it smart and just souped-up their previous console from Wii to the Wii U so they can just include the old chipset to run the older games.

Because consoles have constantly refused to give us this, I’ve been steadily losing interest. My brother was the one to get the Wii U and I kind of stopped using my PS3 because I know I can’t take my games with me if I upgraded. We no longer have any xbox stuff around, or interest in getting any of the new stuff. Sony pulled their trump card with FF7 Remake, so I’ll be keeping my eyes on that.

What say you, console gamers? Are you as mad that all we get are excuses?

You can find more about Blaugust at the 2015 Blaugust Initiative Page.

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