Way back when we had “backwards compatibility” in our consoles, we didn’t need remastered games. You just took the game you already bought and put it in your backwards compatible machine and then you played your game.
Personally, I think that this was the absolute best way to introduce a console. Given that any given console at launch is going to have only a handful of awesome titles (if you’re lucky) followed by one heck of a drought as developers figure out the rules and hidden potential of the new system, being able to play the final games from the previous generation was a great way to take the risk out of buying a new system.
One thing that I did not expect to see (but, in retrospect, was 100% predictable) was that a new system that was not backwards compatible would see releases of updated versions of the best games from the last days of the previous generation. Nextgen graphics (if you’re lucky), nextgen sound (if they bothered), same game otherwise (more or less).
And monetizable in a way that, I’m sure, does not even come close to making up for the lost/delayed console sales that a lack of backwards compatibility imposes. But, of course, still more than nothing.
All that to say: I picked up the PS4’s Dishonored Definitive Edition yesterday.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission.)