I’ve had the same cell phone for 3 years and I was content with it. Even though my phone was somewhat old I did not want a new phone. In fact I ordered an Iphone only to return it the next day because I did not like the operating system. Then all of a sudden I could no longer access the apps on my old phone. When I would attempt to download or update apps I would receive a message informing me that an update was not available for my phone. Therefore I had to get a new phone if I wanted to access the features.
I upgraded from the galaxy s2 to the galaxy s6. According to everyone else my old phone was “from the stone age” but I liked it. It was only from 2012 which is somewhat old but my logic was “if it’s not broke then don’t fix it”.
This is interesting because the hardware of the phone is still perfectly functional while the software is constantly changing causing the product to become obsolete. I thought I owned the games on my old phone but once they were updated they were no longer accessible.
The same thing seems to be happening to console video games as well. If you own a playstation3,4, xbox 360, or xbox one, then you are aware of the software updates on those platforms as well. It seems that the same effects that occur with cell phone technology can occur with console video game technology in the future. If you own one of these systems you may not necessarily be able to revisit them in the future when they become obsolete the same way that you can revisit a Sega Genesis game.
The problem I’m getting at is; if you purchase and own something like a video game then you should also own the access to that video game as well. This form of accessibility should not change.