PS4: Are They Losing Customers By Not Offering Backwards Compatibility?

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PS4: Are They Losing Customers By Not Offering Backwards Compatibility?

On November 12, 2015 Microsoft allowed fans to download titles such as “Mirror’s Edge”, “Bioshock Infinite”, and “Fallout 3” onto their Xbox One Consoles. With the ever growing yearn for nostalgia (evident with the release of “Rare Replay”), one has to wonder whether or not this decision will affect the Playstation 4’s popularity. In fact, out of the current generation consoles, the Playstation 4 is the only one that has yet to develop a method for backwards compatibility… Or is it? Playstation Now is Sony’s answer, and possibly savior, from the ever increasing nostalgia high that customers search for. This system allows you to play the games that you’ve loved your whole life. However, as with everything great in the world, there is a catch: you will not be able to buy the Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 “golden oldies.” Instead, you must rent them. The main complaint about Playstation Now is the fee to rent games. On average the monthly subscription fee is $19.99/month (plus the fee of whatever title you choose). Now, I know what you’re thinking,”Twenty dollars? That’s it?” Well, you have to take into consideration the other complaint being voiced by those who have been able to use it: if you lose connection to your internet or the game, it’s game over.. Literally. That’s right, if you wanted to rent the game, you would have to pay the rental fee of that title once more. So, has Sony really fixed it’s “backwards compatibility” issue or have they resurrected a technology that they will not want to stand behind fully? Only time, dedicated customers, and the love of everything vintage will tell.