scroll down

EA Executive Says Next-Gen Consoles Won’t be Backwards Compatible

The burning questions on everyone’s mind regarding the next-gen of console is that whether they will be Backwards Compatible or not.

Well, we finally have had some word regarding this matter but it is not promising to be honest. While in a Q&A session during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen told us that he did not believe Backwards Compatibility will be available on the next-gen consoles.

This is what he had to say:

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.

This really is disheartening to say the least. EA obviously by now have next-gen consoles with them on which their developers are developing next-gen titles. So, if their Chief Officer comes out and says these words then there must be some truth in them.

Source: Gamasutra