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EA: Don’t Expect Next-Gen To Be Backwards Compatible
Blake Jorgensen, EA’s chief financial officer, stated during a Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference that “An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible. If you [play] multiplayer on a game, you’ll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation.” According to Jorgensen, sports games are the biggest reason for this as they rely on being released to coincide with the start of a new season. ” […] if a next-gen console doesn’t come out until next Christmas, most people won’t wait. They’ll want to be involved in getting those titles early, because their friends are all playing those titles,” Jorgensen said. He also speculated that the current generation will more than likely still be relevant during 2014, implying that there will be less early adopters and no need for backwards compatibility.
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