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From what I remember, the problem is that there were heat issues from all of the different disc readers, right? Well, a couple of years back, one of my buddies gave me an external disc reader. Why not just do that? Put the software from the previous generations onto the console's hard drive (judging by the size of the Dolphin emulator, I doubt this would take up more than MAYBE 100mb), and put something on the disc reader so that the right software will activate, in reaction to the attachment of the reader. Not only will gamers be happy that they can play their old games on the latest systems, the game companies will be able to make money by selling the disc readers and USB versions of old controllers. Win-win situation.

Or is there some reason that this wouldn't work that I don't know of?

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Emulating anything Gamecube/PS2 and back should be easy on next gen console because they'll be as powerful as today's computers. And Microsoft has Xbox 360 and Xbox already covered anyway with BWC, and I imagine the next xbox will play every generation of xbox games. The only consoles I see being a real chore to emulate are PS3 and Wii U. I don't think it'll be as easy as just having the software. You need a really powerful console to emulate a PS3 or Wii U game, something probably with an intel i7 or i9 and a good chunk of ram.

Sony and Nintendo will want to be able to sell the PS3 and Wii U games digitally too. Like PS3 does with PS1 and PS2 digital games right now.

Personally I'd be content with the PS5 being passive and just including PS4 and PS3 architecture in it, with the ability to buy games for all 5 Sony consoles digitally. Maybe even PSP and VITA games too. There's really no reason why psp and vita games can't be played on a tv.

Edited March 11th by I killed Mufasa
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You know, I completely forgot about emulation. I don't see why emulating PS3 or Wii U games would be an issue, though, considering that it would be done on a more powerful system. Not like each bunch of software would need its own individual hardware.

Posted March 13th by Week Great Water

"From what I remember, the problem is that there were heat issues from all of the different disc readers, right? Well, a couple of years back, one of my buddies gave me an external disc reader."

The lack of backwards compatibility isn't due to overheating or disc readers. And attachment would only work if it contained the hardware and software of the original system.

"I don't see why emulating PS3 or Wii U games would be an issue, though, considering that it would be done on a more powerful system. Not like each bunch of software would need its own individual hardware."

The PS3 is a very complex and complicated system. It has a 3.2GHz powerPC-based Main processor with 7 Synergistic Processing Elements processors. It then has a Nvidia RSX GPU based on the G70 clocked at 500 MHz that can produce 192 GFLOPS (mariomguy's favorite word). It then has it's system RAM seperated into 2 different pools, 256MB of GDDR3 for graphics processing and then 256MB of system ram for the CPU to use.

Games have to be programmed a certain way to use this hardware efficiently or it will not run well. This was very evident in the PS3's early life as multi-platform games would not run as well as thier XBOX360 counterparts. To emulate a game on different hardware, you have to emulate the hardware itself, not the game. It takes alot of processing power and memory to emulate another system as you are running a system on another system along with the added code make the emulation possible.

It all gets very technical and complicated, but basically the PS4 cannot handle the load of emulating the PS3's architecture. However it is rumored that the PS5 could.

The X1 can emulate XBOX360 games because the XBOX360 wasn't nearly as complicated of a system. It shared a similar CPU as the PS3, but everything else was far less complicated so the X1 has less to emulate.

Edited March 14th by Q
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It all gets very technical and complicated, but basically the PS4 cannot handle the load of emulating the PS3's architecture. However it is rumored that the PS5 could.

By then though most of the relevant games will be remastered.

Posted March 14th by I killed Mufasa
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Going forward this "shouldn't" be an issue anymore because both Xbox and Playstation changed architecture to behave more like PCs, which should mean that emulation isn't necessary as they will just natively play the games still.

I believe this is also the reason why we've seen more of Microsoft's Xbox exclusives show up on PC, because the work to port them wasn't as demanding as in the past. (That and they're heavily shifting their focus towards being a service rather than just a platform, so it makes sense they'd want to branch out to a market as large as PC).

Edited March 14th by Moonray
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"By then though most of the relevant games will be remastered."

A lot of the popular and high profile games will get remasters, however there are still some older games that may not. It would be nice to be able to play your already purchased games from older systems on newer ones. The X1 even enhances old games.

"Going forward this "shouldn't" be an issue anymore because both Xbox and Playstation changed architecture to behave more like PCs, which should mean that emulation isn't necessary as they will just natively play the games still. "

I agree, in the future I think consoles will keep getting closer and closer to being a PC.

"I believe this is also the reason why we've seen more of Microsoft's Xbox exclusives show up on PC, because the work to port them wasn't as demanding as not. (That and they're heavily shifting their focus towards being a service rather than just a platform, so it makes sense they'd want to branch out to a market as large as PC)."

I agree again. The X1's OS is based on the Windows OS Kernel. And I think MS is seeing that there in more money is being a Games as a service instead of restricting their games to just 1 platform. I don't think they will ever get out of the hardware business like SEGA did, but I think they are going to branch their Games Service out to as many other platforms as they can such as PC, Mobile, and the Switch. However, I doubt we will see it ever go to PlayStation, atleast not for a long time.

And in a way I really like this idea. When I am at home I would play XBOX Games on my XBOX Console. While I am out I would want to play my XBOX Games on my Switch or Phone. Most likely my switch for the larger screen and attached controllers. It really does make alot of sense for MS to want to go into the Games as a Service(GaaS) model.

Edited March 14th by Q
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I'd like to be able to play my digital Mass Effect Trilogy that I own on PS3 on PS5. And continue my save files I already have on games like Oblivion. I can already do this on Xbox 1.

Playing my PS1 classics like FF7, 8, 9 would be nice too. But I doubt they'll let us because it's more profitable to just sell them to us again. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Edited March 14th by I killed Mufasa
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