If you primarily play your video games on an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, and were really looking forward to Fallout 4, we’ve got some bad news for you.
According to Bethesda themselves, when asked if their highly anticipated new game would be arriving on old gen consoles, their answer was simple and definite: no. An official post on their forum reads,
It is not coming to 360 and PS3, the stuff we’re doing will never work there.
This news likely isn’t that surprising to people, but it still goes against what the norm has been for the nearly two years that those consoles’ successors — the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — have been on the market. Because the adoption rate for the last generation was so high, early triple-A blockbuster titles would see less graphically advanced and intensive versions of those games appear on the nearly-decade old consoles. Both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Advanced Warfare received last gen ports, along with games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Titanfall, Destiny, Battlefield 4 and Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Alien: Isolation, and several others.
Only recently have developers been showing a preference for releasing a video game exclusively on newer hardware, as evidenced by last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, and upcoming major releases like Batman: Arkham Knight, Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and console exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on PS4.
It would be very easy to argue that this is a good thing, since making a game for the aging consoles means that any new releases would have to be designed with very restrictive hardware specifications, potentially limiting the types of experiences that developers can come up with. Still, it’s understandable that players would be disappointed by this news, since making a $350-400 purchase to have the ability to play newer games likely isn’t an easy financial choice for many people to make.
More details about Fallout 4 are expected to be announced at E3 next week, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for any big news that comes out of the expo. Until then, keep it locked on GeekNation.
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