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A probable lack of backwards compatibility in next generation consoles may prevent some of EA's customers from making an immediate jump to the next batch of consoles, chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen explained during a question and answer session at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco.

"The reality is, is that fiscal year 2014 will still be a fairly large gen-three if there's a console business that comes in at the tail end of the year, mainly because a lot of our titles are built around sports calendars. And so a FIFA, a Madden, an NCAA, an NHL title, all come out aligned with the sports calendar. And if a next-gen console doesn't come out until next Christmas, most people won't wait. They'll want to be involved in getting those titles early, because their friends are all playing those titles, and because they're being played on a current generation's consoles."

He added: "An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible... And if you [play] multiplayer on a game, you'll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation. And so if you're a FIFA player and, and the soccer season's starting in August, and all your friends are playing FIFA, you're going to want to be on the same box that they're on.

"So if they all go out and buy a gen-four box if it comes out at Christmas, then you'll most likely do it. If they all hold on and continue to play on third-generation, you'll probably not see that box purchase until after the soccer season's over.

"And I think that works for us positively in both ways. It helps us continue to sell gen-three products, and it will help us sell gen-four product as that cycle finally gets into place."

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Is EA right? Will you hold off on next-gen if your friends are sticking with current-gen consoles?

Source: Gamasutra

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I can't see Microsoft NOT wanting MineCraft (at the very least) working on the next console.
Posted 13:07 on 13 February 2013
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pblive

The interview seems to elude more to the fact that Next Gen and current gen cross play won't work, rather than complete lack of backward compatibility.

Pretty sure Gamertags and PSN IDs will continue and I do think that So y would be making a mistake not having previous PS+ content on the new platform after they've built up such a library.
Posted 12:54 on 13 February 2013
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MJTH

I think what the person being interviewed is mixing up Backwards compatibility with cross generation multiplayer compatibility. Not being able to play with your friends from the old platform to new is a reasonable loss. I doubt we'll see many sales for the first itteration of the next gen fifa game (as they tend to not have as many features as prior iterations on the launch of a new console), but with other game franchises I can just see people buying two copies of a game.

Regular backwards compatibility is still on the fence at this point. (Can't wait see what is announced next week!)
Posted 12:54 on 13 February 2013
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munkee

I don't worry about backwards compatibility. I'll just keep my PS3 as well. I kept my PS2 games and originally had a 60GB so I could play them. I now have a PS2 setup next to my PS3 and still very rarely put a PS2 game in to play it. I'm pretty sure that once I have a PS4 and a few games I'm unlikely to play my PS3 games very often, anyway.

Backwards compatibility is a lovely thing to have. But, I presume (for me at least) that it's a rarely used feature.
Posted 10:45 on 13 February 2013
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dazzadavie

More than likely I wont be making the jump just down to finances.

I so far behind on the podcast (eposide 77). I've just gotten to a part where you talk about what the next gen really needs to bring with it from this gen. Take the 360 before you had your gamertag, now you have achievements and avatars, but what will happen with downloaded games? Are we going to lose out on these not physical products?
Posted 10:40 on 13 February 2013
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