This Week in the Business: 'It's Highly Unlikely That PS4 or the Next Xbox will be Backwards Compatible'

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What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "It's highly unlikely that PS4 or the next Xbox will be backwards compatible."—Chris Morris, veteran game journalist, talking about what Sony needs to do to succeed with the PS4.

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QUOTE | "EA: Best major publisher of 2012."—Metacritic's ranking of Electronic Arts versus all publishers who published more than 15 games in 2012; EA finished first with an average of 75.2 percent.

QUOTE | "We are not ambitious to be the next THQ."—Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media, explaining why Koch Media bought Volition Inc. and Metro: Last Light in the THQ bankruptcy sale.

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STAT | $4.86 billion—Amount of revenue Activision brought in for 2012;the company only expects to make $4.09 billion in 2013.

QUOTE | "The characters are not interesting, sound design is boring, everything is average."—Rovio's senior VP of brand marketing, Ville Hejari, recalling the first feedback Rovio heard about Angry Birds.

STAT | 12 million—Number of physical and digital units of Assassin's Creed III Ubisoft sold in 2012; that's 70% more than Assassin's Creed Revelations sold.

QUOTE | "We have the largest total audience, with 298 million monthly average players, and 72 million on mobile alone."—Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, talking about the company's improved outlook following a better-than-expected fourth quarter.

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STAT | 100 million—Total number of Skylanders figures that have been sold so far in the US, according to Activision; the company revealed in its earnings call that the franchise has brought in over $1 billion in total revenue.

STAT | 70 million—Number of kids worldwide that have registered for online site Moshi Monsters; 1 out of every 2 kids in the UK has registered, and it's currently the #1 toy brand there.

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STAT | 1.6%—Amount of the UK software market in January that the Wii U represented; that was less than the 2.2% captured by the PS Vita.


This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International

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If the next Xbox isn't backward compatible, I'm switching to PC. I pretty much already have. I bought one console game this year, Trials Evolution, which is also coming to PC next month.

Sony and Microsoft will have to offer some AMAZING console exclusives to get me to buy a next-gen console.

Also, if the new Mario and Zelda games (and the Windwaker remake) are any good, I'll likely pick up a Wii U for those.