Funnily enough I read in an SSM letters page somebody asked if the 'cast would be backwardly compatible with the black beauty the response (from Gary Cutlack, I think) was that Sega would want to focus on modern technology and how upto date the new machine was. Fast forward six years and the launch of the '360 and people complain that the new machine didn't support 100% of the original Xbox's titles. Funny how things change, eh? I alot of this is down to Sony's decision to offer PS1 games on the PS2.
You need to consider the source on this one - he's bound to put any Sega-related news in a good light if he can, even if he doesn't personally agree with it.
I'm sure the way they claimed Saturn sales weren't "that far" behind PS sales was for the same reason.
I don't prefer having multiple machines in the house. One of the reasons why I only owned a PC and no consoles for a few years was because of the clutter.
Every so often I keep thinking to myself either the Saturn or the Dreamcast has to go. I just cannot stand seeing so much game equipment laying around. I have 4 arcade sticks - 2 Saturn ones, 2 dreamcast, a Saturn arcade racer, a Dreamcast Ferrari wheel (about to buy my second), plenty of pads and two of each console.
To me money isn't too much of an issue. I'd happily pay another £100 or whatever if I could have a single machine that could play both console games and cut my clutter in half.
Luckily, soon a PC emulator should be capable of playing all my Saturn games WITH gamepad compatability should mean I could sell the hardware and just keep the games. If only SSF would work with my gamepad I'd be free of all this sodding Saturn hardware.
Until then, I'm in the same bind.
I would always favour one system that emulates all games.
I love the fact that under our TV we have two Saturns, a Dreamcast, Wii, PS2, Gamecube, Xbox and a 360. Sarah doesn't love it quite as much (if at all) but understands it. If I had my way I'd have the SNES, NES, Mega Drive and Mega CD all out and set up, but that'll be in my gaming shed when (god willing) we buy a house!
To be fair who still plays old PS1 games on their PS2 or Xbox games on their 360?
It first its a cool idead but then theres no point. After getting my PS2 i played Grandia on it and a few others and never used my PS1 games again.
Same with the 360. Played Jet Set Radio Future on it, and now hardly use it.
Sometimes play Super Monkey Ball on it.
The point is it seems cool at first but eventually the excitement over it goes.
Well actually I constantly use my PS2 to play Doom and the Street Fighter 2 Collection. As for Xbox 360 and B/C I really would if they improved it a little more.
It is a shame Sony and Microsoft almost literally tossed aside B/C this generation considering it was one of the major factors to Sony's success during the last one. Oh well, Nintendo did the smart thing atleast and I'd argue that part of the Wii's success lies with that it can play all Gamecube games flawlessly.
Wii plays gamecube games flawlessly because it is a marginally upgraded gamecube at heart, which is a good move but then again if any machine needed backwards compatibility it was the PS3 and sony made it as rubbish as the 360s to start with then completely abandoned it, saturn compatibility in the dreamcast would not have hindered the dreamcast in anyway as there were so many new dreamcast adopters who missed out on the saturn and by hearing it played these saturn games they may have delved into the back catalogue and realised so many great games existed that they might not have found otherwise and alos any of those who are not exactly flowing with money might sell their saturns or any previous console to buy a next gen machine so it makes sense as alot of people do this.
I'm so embarrassed i wish everybody else was dead.
The Dreamcast archetecture is totally different from a Saturn. The DC would have needed a huge overhaul to play Saturn games properly. Remember the PS2 and PS1 have the same core, that's why it was so easy.