This news has already begun to give something for the Microsoft’s Xbox One fanboys to cheer about. Of course, this will give something for the Sony fanboys to grumble about. While we can all be stunned and amazed by the countless announcements, gameplay videos and other things that came out of E3 on Monday, one thing is for certain: Microsoft stole the show with one announcement.
Backwards compatibility. This is something that we lost when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were launched. Microsoft and Sony took away backwards compatibility, which would force gamers to buy new versions of their old games. In recent years, Nintendo did the same thing with their Wii U.
During their press conference on Monday, Microsoft made the stunning announcement that Xbox One consoles will be backwards compatible in a upcoming update for Xbox 360 games. “The games you have invested your time and money in will be able to be played natively on your Xbox One,” head of Xbox Phil Spencer said.
According to Polygon, gamers will have to have their original disc, place it in the slot drive and download the digital edition of the game to the Xbox One. They promise a hundred games will be available by the holiday season, which is where they plan to increase their sales. “We won’t charge you to play the games you already own,” Microsoft said on stage.
Microsoft announced a list of games that will be available for backwards compatibility:
|A Kingdom for Keflings|
|A World of Keflings|
|Alien Hominid HD|
|Geometry Wars Evolved|
|Perfect Dark Zero|
|Super Meat Boy|
|Toy Soldiers: Cold War|
|Viva Piñata: TIP|