One of the most debated aspects of the next generation of video game consoles is whether the Sony PlayStation 4 and/or the Microsoft Xbox 720, as they are informally known, will offer backwards compatibility. This feature would allow users to play pre-owned or used games on the new consoles, and while neither Microsoft nor Sony has been direct about it, neither company seems to be enthusiastic about their next generation consoles supporting Xbox 360 or PS3 games.
According to Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen, there’s a good chance neither Xbox 720 nor PS4 may allow backwards compatibility once the consoles are out.
Jorgensen said at last week’s Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference that the Xbox 720 and PS4 will “most likely not be backwards compatible.” He also added that EA may not join other developers in jumping on the next-gen bandwagon as early as possible. Instead, Jorgensen believes that consumers will buy FIFA 14 and other popular EA Sports titles for the Xbox 360 and PS3, and mainly because those are the consoles their friends and/or family will be using.
“If you play multiplayer on a game, you’ll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation (of consoles),” opined Jorgensen. “You’re going to want to be on the same box that they’re on.”
As for EA’s next generation plans, Jorgensen was less upfront about how the company has been faring with the next-gen developer kits. “No one externally has really seen what the look and feel will be like on the new consoles,” said Jorgensen. “I’ll reserve judgment other than to say that I think people are going to be pretty excited.”