Normally when a new generation of consoles are released, the majority of gamers will try and upgrade as quickly as possible. However, these are expensive pieces of kit and it can take time for everyone to able to afford the cost of the next generation console.
I remember when many friends of mine switched from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, I was sort of left on my own until I could manage to get the upgrade myself, but is this situation a thing of the past? Sony Vice President Jon Kodera confirmed during a recent investors meeting that Playstation 5 players will still be able to play with Playstation 4 players couresty of new backwards compatibility. No further details were divulged, but this would be a first for a new console generation.
Xbox heavily focussed on backwards compatibility in this most recent generation, though that was more about being able to play games you owned from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 on your Xbox One. It seems likely that if Sony as already announcing this move, it’ll be something that Microsoft will try and emulate, if they haven’t already done so?
Of course, whilst the technology may allow this, there are some other hurdles to take care of before this can considered. Many of these hurdles exist within the game developers themselves such as multiplayer games that have different assets running on different versions. That’s not even to mention the fact that most games designed for the next generation of consoles, won’t be able to be played on the current generation. If they do, then we are back to the same issues of having two formats running alongside one another.
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Usually with each new generation we get some cool technological leaps, which make gaming so much better for the players. It is expected that Sony and Microsoft will have their next generation consoles ready for Fall or Winter next year.
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