Originally Posted by twitchyzero
seems like a stretch of an argument
how many PS1 discs are dead because of age? How many NES catridges are unreadable because of age?
I could be wrong but it cant compare the shelf life of something you burned yourself vs blu-ray disc from factory
Sony working on BC is wasted efforts to me in my opinion, they should focus on running games flawlessly at 1080p/60fps before even considering BC. Why bother with legacy systems if you cant even get your main objective down?
probably 95% of emulator users are because they dont wanna bother buying used dated consoles...otherwise by the time they can get this working half decently a PS3 will cost $20-30
The discs/cartridges may still be functional, but finding a functional system to play them in is getting increasingly more difficult. i have 2 PS1 systems, both barely functional, one only if I turn it upside down... finding old games is also difficult. Finding ANY of that at a reasonable price is often just a joke, especially in my area. Collectors hoard the stuff then resell at a major premium because it's now 'vintage' or 'rare'.
As for BC, they have it easy compared to those in the free market doing it themselves. Sony holds all the cards, knowledge, experience, etc... BC for a new system to run legacy isn't a challenge for them and they have nothing to figure out. It's a choice for them. A choice that puts profits above consumers... when in the long haul happy consumers will drive volume for those higher and more sustainable profits.
For a specific example, several of my older cartridges are now unusable due to age. Primarily oxidation. Sure i could have stored them in an airtight, climate controlled environment... but not many kids/teens think of that. I know when I was packing up my old systems as a kid/teen, I just wanted them in one spot and safe... now vacuum sealed to prevent oxidation. Do i know better now, sure, but we can't go back in time and heal the many many situations exactly the same as mine.
Talking about not wanting to mess with 'used dated consoles'... what's the problem? Graphics were terrible (by modern standards) on FFVII and it's still considered one of the best games of all time. Story, mechanics, and many other things come in long before graphics for defining the value of a game. Even in threads on OCN over the ages, people voting their favorite games are frequently classics that are hard to get anymore. I'd wager your 'statistic' on emu users is more 50/50 than 95%...
Again, BC is a choice, not a problem and BS to leave out.Edited by Valor958 - 3/7/14 at 11:05am