Most of us were surprised when Phil Spencer confirmed backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, and with over 3 million fan votes across numerous games, it’s safe to say it’s a pretty big big deal. I know we’re pumped about it, but what about you?
Why we’re excited:
Backwards compatibility on the Xbox One allows us, as streamers and reviewers, to capture screenshots, game footage, and live stream using the built-in Twitch app. Not only does this drastically increase the amount of games available for us to stream, but allows us to create more video content without the use of third party hardware/software.
We’re hoping that backwards compatibility deters developers from falling back on remakes/remasters and allows them to focus on creating sequels to our favorite series, or new IP altogether. It seems easier for them to just give Microsoft the okay and have their game readily available to the millions of Xbox One owners than invest funds in to creating little more than a 1080p/60fps upscale.
It’ll give us the opportunity to play games we never got around to during the last console generation.
Free games! Backwards compatibility isn’t even available to the general public yet, and we’re already seeing publishers offer free copies of their Xbox 360 games when you purchase their newest release. Ubisoft is giving away Rainbow Six Vegas 1 & 2 with copies of Rainbow Six Siege. Bethesda is tossing in a copy of Fallout 3 with the purchase of Fallout 4. Square Enix is including Just Cause 2 with Just Cause 3. Even Microsoft is getting in on the action, handing out all 4 Xbox 360 Gears of War titles if you buy Gears of War: Ultimate Edition before the end of the year.
What we’re skeptical about:
Remasters are clearly profitable, or they wouldn’t exist. Them’s the breaks. With that being said, it’s to be expected that some publishers will not want their games included on the backwards compatibility list in order to avoid reduced sales for their upcoming remaster.
We’re already running out of space on our HD, and having to install 360 games in addition to all of the new stuff coming out isn’t going to help matters. Of course we can always just buy an external HD, which seems almost mandatory now.
With that being said, how important is backwards compatibility to you–whether you’re an Xbox One owner or not? If you’re on the PS4, is this something you’d like to see (without the paid subscription of PS Now)? For you non-Xbox One owners, is this at all selling point? Sound off in the comment section below and give us your two cents!