I said reasonable and entitled at the same time.
How is that an entitled request? If they (Sony, M$ etc) expect us to invest in digital content (PSN/XBLA games) then they should not require us to rebuy the "same" content on next gen consoles. Just to be clear I'm not talking about PS3 digital games. I'm strictly talking about PSN/XBLA titles. Also, I am fully aware of PS3's architectural shortcomings hence why I never thought that BC was possible for PS3 games. However, I figured that Sony would transfer the PSN content we purchased to the PS4.
Allow me to make a comparison: many large scale softwares from, say Mentor Graphics and Cadence are not backwards compatible, and these cost me thousands of dollars for a license. If you upgrade from the XP to Win8, they will not port the software to Win8.
It is reasonable from your (and my) perspective, and I also want them to give me free PS4 titles if I already bought them on the PS3.
It is entitled because "transferring" PSN titles is THE SAME as supporting BC, it takes effort on their part, especially for the current generation leap. From a programmer's perspective, it amounts to coding a indie game and giving it to you for free.
Sony and MS have large marketing analysis teams, and they balanced the following:
Even if this is true...it still doesn't mean it's not a poor business model. Your customers aren't going to give a crap about the technological limitations. What they're going to see is that they just bought the same game (maybe even months before), and have no reason to buy it again. This is basically the reason people have been slow to move from DVD to Blu-Ray...and why the WiiU hasn't been selling as well as the Wii. People are happy with what they've got. Trying to convince them that the same products are better just because they're on a new format isn't going to drive sales.
You could make the argument that it's unreasonable to expect previous console purchases to carry forward (ie. Nintendo games weren't playable on Super Nintendo), but I'd also make the argument that people invested A LOT more money this past generation than in any generation prior. So, if those purchases aren't supported by the next system, what that IS going to cause is for people to be much slower in moving on (especially when you're talking about digital content that has no resale value). Finding a way to support these purchases would be a great way for Sony/Microsoft to guide people toward their new systems. If they can't do that, they better be happy sitting on their hands while people are slow to adopt these new consoles.
(1) Support BC, satisfy the hardcore gamers, and in the process raising the cost of the system in the next console war, loosing new comers.
(2) Drop BC, piss off hardcore PS3 fans, abandon some of them, and focus on the new comers, lure them into PS4 with a reasonable price.
They chose the latter. Am I pissed? Yes I am. But I knew this would happen. They think their model is more profitable, while you think yours is. Nobody knows at this point.