“In general, this is a good thing” according to Patrick Soderlund.
Speaking about Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s next big addition to the Xbox One family, and Sony’s upcoming PS4 Neo, EA executive VP Patrick Soderlund discussed the benefits of backwards compatibility that each console would be presenting unlike previous iterations.
In conversation with Game Informer, Soderlund said, “I believe that it’s an interesting approach. We haven’t seen this whole idea of upgrading since the Mega CD in 1991 or something. At the time, that might not have worked, but this is different. I can only comment to what’s been announced by Microsoft, the whole idea of keeping the ecosystem intact and scaleable is right. If you get in later in the cycle, you can get a Scorpio or you can upgrade to it.
“It’s an interesting, smart approach, and we’ll see how well it works. It’s something that we as a company are 100 percent behind. I got super excited when I saw what they are working on, and without giving you any information, the same is true of Sony. In general, this is a good thing.”
Project Scorpio will be 4K compatible and support VR but also receive games that run on the Xbox One. The same will be the case with PS4 Neo, which is rumoured to be unveiled on September 7th at the upcoming PlayStation Meeting.