The unnecessary act of creating ports to the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 is hindering the future of console video games even further and is being used to fuel game sales as consoles don’t provide the same revenue making potential. After the cancellation of Mortal Kombat X you would think the idea of porting games on to the last gen consoles, left behind by so many gamers, is taking away resources and compromising the ceiling that cross gen titles may achieve. Not all games are built equal and not every game gets the same attention. Not every game has the 500 million dollar budget that Destiny has to help fund the inferior versions of the same game.
Essentially the lesser texture quality, slower load times, and exclusion of 7.1 surround sound are the bane that is these aforementioned ports. If you purchase a game on console around the release date you are usually going to pay around $60 for a game locked at the PC equivalent of lowest settings. If you purchased the game for PC though if your hardware upgrades you can change the settings and up the quality of your game. When you buy the Xbox 360 version of a game, that is also available in a superior product, you are consenting to the fact that you won’t receive the best experience possible (and usually not even close). The number of these cross gen releases are dwindling as the AAA developers are working on newer, and hopefully, better games as the number of older console ports are cancelled.
This said, I don’t think that development for Xbox 360 and PS3 games should halt. Releasing a game on the older consoles can have it’s advantages by providing fans of a game access to it in regions that don’t get newer consoles imported right away. The PS2 had games developed until 2013 when the annual FIFA and PES soccer games were released and before that it was almost all sports games, TV/Movie tie ins, and Music games. One particular group also found on that list were game developed for the India region, which is great meaning that in India they are getting their own releases on a major platform, out dated but still a good console in its regards.
The upcoming release of EA Sports: NHL Legacy is a step that games are offering the last gen a different optimized experience to send them to pasture to umm… rest. So instead of wasting valuable resources, locking superior content, and weighing down triple A titles there should be experiences designed to leave the last gen behind and move on to bigger and better things. Now if only everyone would switch to PC we could rid the world of lesser quality video games for ever... which would never happen.