Apparently “Orbis”, as PS3’s successor console is known, isn’t going to be backwards-compatible. It also isn’t going to be used-game-friendly, either. While this news isn’t entirely surprising given how used/older games don’t promote an environment for growth (or rather that’s how a corporation might see it; evidence suggests otherwise) it is disappointing.
These moves by Sony are those mirrored by Microsoft who also are going to make things less desirable for any gamer who likes used games. In regards to Orbis the backwards-incompatibility is without any workaround as far as I understand, but gamers who opt to buy a pre-owned game will be able to play…with limitations. You can get a second-hand copy but you will not have full functionality and you will have to pay to get the complete gaming experience.
To add to more of Sony’s questionable decisions, it will become a necessity to have an internet connection (which means if your net cuts so does your playing time) and logging into your account at PSN. This is likely to enforce the restriction of pre-owned games. Internet access is hardly an issue for a lot of gamers, as droves play online, but being forced to do so is annoying for an old-school gamer such as myself.
Sony has declined to comment on these matters.
The one bit of good news is this: Gamers won’t have to wait unreasonably long to get their hands on the latest bit of Sony hardware. Orbis is slated to ship at the end of 2013, right in time for the holiday season. Maybe that will cheer up the Sony fans, but if you’re like me, you hope that the company will relax their hard-liner attitude and return to what gaming’s all about: having fun.