EA’s CFO Blake Jorgenson has claimed that it will be unlikely for next-gen consoles to feature backwards compatibility , here’s what he said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Confernce Q&A session.
“An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible,” he stated. “If you [play] multiplayer on a game, you’ll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation.”
Blake Jorgenson supports this feature by claiming that current-gen consoles still have quite a bit of mileage left in them, and that people could be actively using them until the summer of 2014.
He currently do not have a firm grasp on the details of the next-gen systems, although it is expected that Sony will reveal their console on the 20th of February at the Sony Playstation Meeting and Microsoft with theirs at E3.