First, consoles this gen are not loss leaders.
Second, market share equals more customers and therefore a higher propensity to sell games. Sometimes companies may take strategic positions to posture or force out competitors based on stuff like SWOT analysis. First to market, imitators vs innovators, etc. all plays a role. At times it's probably about where an industry and it's various participants are going or perceive each other are going. These are thinga that someone that is in the position to make decisions would have to weigh the value of.
Third, just because you can play your old games doesn't mean you will not buy new games. That's just a faulty argument.
Your idea that gamer logic is to be swell guys doesn't hold up with me. I'm a fan of Activision and EA . Not saying backward compatibility is the ultimate issue, but it is an issue that has a high propensity to change things. You may not be able to see it, but there are plenty of positives that should be explored. Ever considered digital game collectors? Huge spenders, even if they don't play the games they buy. I could go on, but it's tiring trying and let's face it all we are doing is posting poorly informed opinions. Nothing wrong with it, but if you think either of us has the amount of information the accounting or finance guys have when they create reports you're severely mistaken.
TLDR: Yes, there are plenty of things Sony should consider (backwards comparability being one), but no one here is informed enough to make those decisions. Calm, casual conversation would be cool though.
don't sell your console if you want to play those ps3 games, simple as that. you are not the first to ask for this and won't be the last. new console new games if you get lucky the developers make remasterd or/and hd remake of the game for you to play in your fancy PS4.
I don't know about full-fledged PS3 compatibility on the PS4. I'm not a technophile or anything but apparently they've got different architectures or whatever, and no way is the PS4 powerful enough to emulate PS3 with software.
I do think they should totally make it more backwards compatible though... At least make it 100% backwards compatible with PS1 games like the PS3 was. No reason not to. And put some PS2 games on the Playstation Store. There's no money to be lost that way--only gained. And there's no technical limitations that make PS1/PS2 games unrealistic on this machine.
The PS4 library just seems dry in comparison to its predecessors, which always offered some amount of backwards compatibility. PS2 was totally and completely backwards compatible with PS1 games. The first PS3 was backwards compatible across all generations. Then later models ditched PS2 compatibility but at least kept PS1 compatibility and later added some PS2 titles to the Store. Playstation Now seems cool and all but a lot of people will only look to play one or two games and won't bite on an expensive subscription service, especially if their Internet connection isn't that great. May as well get Gamefly then.
The ps4 is very capable of emulating ps1 and ps2 games. People have made ps1 and 2 emulators for the pc and since the ps4 is very simular to a pc then it should be easy for sony. Id rather see remakes of a few ps3 exclusives such as resistance and heavenly sword on ps4 rather than PS now.
Meh... I would like BC compatibility, but it's not a must. I do wish that Sony would not mislabel Playstation Now as BC, though.