Arguably the biggest talking point from Microsoft’s recent E3 press conference was that it will be providing backwards compatibility on Xbox One, meaning that select Xbox 360 games will be playable on the system, despite it previously seeming an impossible task.

“We knew it would be an enormous engineering challenge, and many people told us it would be impossible,” Mike Ybarra, Xbox director of program management said in an interview with Xbox Wire. “However, the team had conviction, and delivered. This is what I love most about Xbox: We’re all gamers, and fan feedback fuels our passion.”

Well it has certainly been paying off. The Xbox One outsold the PS4 during the week of E3 and Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, believes this is in no small part thanks to the announcement of backwards compatibility. Currently, SONY does not have any plans to implement backward compatibility into the PS4, as Executive Shuhei Yoshida said that it “must be very challenging”.

So how big of a deal do you see this as being? Backward compatiblity is something that gamers asked for in their consoles before this console generation even began, so now that Microsoft have taken the first step in this direction, they have undoubtedly dealt a pretty big blow on SONY. It’s a big deal in regard to deciding between the systems.

Before E3, I was thinking about getting an Xbox One toward the end of the year. I wanted one for a number of reasons, but mostly because it’s the system most of my friends have, I am more interested in the exclusive content it has on the way (especially in 2015), and I was always a fan of the Xbox 360. Backward compatibility pretty much confirmed my purchasing decision. My Xbox 360 game collection is pretty large and there are many games in there that I would love to play through again. Now, I can have the confidence that if I buy an Xbox One I will be able to do just that without having to constantly switch up consoles. It’s really very efficient.

So will the trend continue? Will gamers begin to choose Xbox One over PS4 as the go-to console? It will be interesting to see the sales figures come Christmas. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

  • Tga215

    Some people think this feature is over rated

    • andy

      This feature IS overrated. Unless you go up to ten people and tell them that every variation of the PS3 console can play PS1 games right off the disc and every single one of them tell you they knew that already. Hell even if half of them tell you they knew that, then I will admit that Xbone backwards compatibility with some 360 games isn’t overrated. People didn’t even care that much that PS3 could play PS2 games at launch (without having to wait for game support or without having to download them either). By 2008, nobody cared.

  • No

    • Steve Wright

      Thanks for the feedback! Your argument made some good points 🙂

  • andy

    So because now that games (and a TINY portion I might add) I avoided this past decade have come to a console I have avoided this past 18 months, I HAVE TO go get one now?
    Wow, I should have just said “Nope”.

  • I’ve been having fun playing mass effect for 360 on xbox one on windows 10. I guess you could say it is over rated, but for the sony fan boys, doesn’t ps3 streaming count as a service and not a feature?

    • Jecht_Sin

      PS Now is a service. Remote Play and Share Play are features. Get your facts right,

      • Streaming Games

        With the freedom of game streaming you can play select PS3 games with no downloads, patches, installs or trips to the store required, giving you the freedom to game whenever the opportunity arises.

        streaming SERVICE facts updated.

  • Jecht_Sin

    Huh.. Maybe it will help to move some consoles in US. But it will change little to nothing in continental Europe and especially Japan where the X360 wasn’t exactly the most favorite console.

    Then let’s be real.. Backward compatibility is as good as its (fully) supported library. With a small library of games where half of them even perform worse and/or glitch it may even fire back. I know because I have been bitching at Sony due to my PAL PS3 not running FFX and FF XII properly.

  • Volpejr

    Sony fanboys consider EA Access a bad value and backward compatibility irrelevant. That says a lot. I have a digital library of over 100 games on my 360.. more than half of which I never got around to playing so BC is a pretty big deal for me.. but if the list of supported BC games is very limited and the games don’t perform well then it will be mostly irrelevant.and people who decide to buy an xb1 for BC might be a little salty and rightfully so.

  • Bryan King

    Xbox? Winning? aaaaahahahahahahaha best joke I heard all day.

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