We already knew it wasn't BC with retail but I think many people were still holding out hope it would work with PSN titles. I know a lot of people have been saying they'd be extremely upset if their XBLA titles don't transfer over...with this news MS doesn't have much incentive to go the extra mile. Of course now if they do transfer over it'll be a huge edge.
"You shouldn't be asking HOW things are, given that we already know there is something..but rather WHY things are, as opposed to there being nothing."
Microsoft will more than likely have backwards compatibility for 360/XBLA games since their entire architecture since the original Xbox has been PC based.
That one thing of backwards compatibility will make a huge difference in the Next Gen system wars seeing as Sony will be the only one not offering ANY backwards compatibility whatsoever. They've already lost the battle before the first shot was even fired.
Nintendo has full backwards compatibility with Wii games on Wii U. Microsoft will more than likely have backwards compatibility with 360 /XBLA games. Sony has NO backwards compatibility whatsoever on their hardware.
I've been a longtime Sony supporter, but no backwards compatibility with even PSN purchases is going to damn far. I put up with no PS2 backwards compatibility, but I won't stand for losing both PS3 & PSN libraries after all these years.
And before anybody says the idiotic comment of "keep your PS3 then", eventually Sony will shut down PS3's PSN access and then poof goes all your PS3/PSN libraries. Sony will also stop repairing the systems eventually. So that's three strikes and your out.
Microsoft would be foolish not to capitalize on this opportunity. Sony has fumbled the ball, and all Microsoft has to do is pick up the ball, run to the endzone and score the touchdown.
I'll wait & see what Microsoft does and how Sony's going to offer backwards compatibility via GaiKai before making my decision on where to go Next Gen, but if Sony's press conference was any indication of how their moving foward, then Next Xbox will be my next purchase.
Considering how many gamers want BC and how much mass appeal it has, I'd say MS now was incentive to include it in their next system considering it's a market that their competitor has chosen to ignore.
well I am not like your dad. I worked as a chef at TGIF-Mattson