Cannot believe the used games thing, but if sony once again didn`t learn their lesson on backwards compatibility they are stupid.
Isn't that the same thing Microsoft is doing? There will be backwards compatibility probably, if you buy PSN versions of PS3 games. That's how I plan to buy my games. Only problem, most of the PS3 games available aren't on there (many are, but not nearly enough).
Not much in that article sounded good to me.
By removing the ability to play used games, you will really limit a person's experience. Financially times are difficult and will possibly only be worse by the end of 2013. I dare not even speculate what gas prices will be by then. The console cost will be bad enough (I'm sure) but the cost of games will realistically probably limit avid gamers with limited funds to only a few titles per year. If games still come out at about the same consistency as they currently do, a backlog of games that any given person may want to play could accrue very quickly. With new titles constantly coming out, there may not be much to entice that person to go back and play a game that may be two, three or even four plus years old if it still carries the high price (unless games are going to be offerred at naturally depreciating costs.)
If it works the way it sounds like it will, it will eliminate lending games out as well. My brother and I swap games all the time. When we beat/get tired of one, we'll pass it on to each other. For that matter it would also seem to stop game rentals from companies like gamefly and redbox. Just sounds bad all around...
Also having to be signed in to PSN to play my games? Really? I'm sure there are some user's out there who do not have a broadband connection, for whatever reason (cost, location, lack of necessity - whatever). That would eliminate them, and effect those who travel. I used to travel quite frequently and still do occassionally but I have actually brought my PS3 with me on a few of my longer duration international trips. I have stayed in hotels in Poland, the Ukraine and Russia that did not even offer an internet connection except maybe at one termial in the lobby. What about times when there is an internet outtage? It still happens. I have Verizon Fios and occassionally I lose service, either because of something they are doing, or a storm. When I was with Comcast I lost service when there was a bad car accident near by that took out some poles. So during any of those times, I would not be able to game on my 'Orbis'? That's crap.
I don't know, I understand it's just a rumor, but rumors start somehwere...
I agree with ky. Way too early to put stock in any rumors. Once a console is officially announced, then you should start listening to what is being said, because prior to that, no one with any inside knowledge is speaking to the press. It's all, friend of a friend, sort of like those messages on PSN supposedly from "Kevin Butler", you really don't know whether it was someone having a joke and it got out of control, or what.
I don't think Kaz has a Twitter account, what I saw was a parody account.
The easiest way to achieve BC would be to at least have the main processor on the new system's motherboard, just like the original versions of the PS2 & PS3 had. If the "PS4" doesn't have a CELL processor onboard, Sony would have to software emulate the PS3, and that probably just isn't worthwhile to do.
As for preventing used games, that would mean that every "PS4" would be required to connect to the internet, and I am not sure how that can be enforced. They certainly can limit online gameplay with this approach.
All I have to say is that GameStop should start making plans to downsize their organization over the next 5 years...