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Sony Could Learn a Lot From Microsoft About Backwards Compatibility

One of the biggest advantages Xbox One has over the PlayStation 4 is backward compatibility. During the Xbox E3 briefing, Microsoft sweetened the feature by including compatibility with original Xbox games. Though there haven’t been many games announced as part of the program, the simple fact that users will eventually get to play old-school Xbox games is exciting. Playing old Xbox games on Xbox One (and the upcoming Xbox One S) is as easy as playing Xbox 360 titles. Games will be automatically downloaded to one’s Xbox after the disk is inserted into the system. Digital licences to original Xbox games will transfer over as well. And like Xbox 360 games, it’s safe to assume users will be able to buy Xbox titles from the Xbox store if they do not own the originals. One thing that wasn’t talked about during the conference is how folks will be able to play local multiplayer for original Xbox games through system link. This makes it possible to have LAN parties where you can play supported games by plugging in an Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. That’s support across three Xbox generations. Very impressive indeed. Right now the only READ FULL STORY…

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Data Shows Xbox Gamers Aren't Using Backward Compatibility Much

Backward compatibility is a big draw for console gamers nostalgic for older titles, but new data shows that Xbox One players don’t spend much time revisiting backward-compatible Xbox 360 games. A new Ars Technica report that grabbed stats from nearly a million Xbox Live users showed that, on the Xbox One, only 1.5 percent of these gamers’ time is spent revisiting Xbox 360 titles. “Microsoft said in late 2015 that Xbox One users had spent nine million hours playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One in its first month or so of availability. That may sound like a big number, but it averages out to just a few minutes of playtime for each of the tens of millions of Xbox One owners out there,” Ars Technica explains, adding, “In our sample, Xbox Live users on Xbox One averaged about 23.9 minutes with backward compatible games over 4.5 months.” Microsoft introduced backward compatibility to the Xbox One in 2015, but only on a game-by-game basis. The announcement at E3 proved wildly popular. Ever since, a slow-drip of 360 games has migrated to the Xbox One’s store each week. But despite the initial hype, Ars Technica’s sample of Xbox Live users…

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Sony: PS4 Is Ahead of Xbox One 2-to-1 in North America, 3-to-1 in Europe

In the recently published interview with Time, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe President and Global Sales chief Jim Ryan revealed that the PlayStation 4 is doubling the Xbox One in North America, and tripling them in Europe: It’s been pleasing that in North America, we’ve been 2-to-1 against Xbox. But in Europe, it’s really been fortress PlayStation by at least 3-to-1 in unit sales. If a recent estimate by EA is any indication, lifetime Xbox One sales were at 26 million at the end of 2016, while lifetime PS4 sales were at 53 million. The latest information from Sony this week shows that PS4 sales are now close to 60 million. Sony Interactive Entertainment America President Shawn Layden, meanwhile, pointed to how console gaming has never been bigger in the United States: All of the rumors of the demise of the console are very much premature. In fact ,if you’re watching NPD for PS4 and Xbox One sales, you put those together and console gaming has never been as big and vibrant as it is right now. And that’s just here in the States. As for the other big console on the market, Layden think the Switch is READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Sony’s Jim Ryan on Backwards Compatibility: “Why Would Anybody Play This?”

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Phil Spencer Isn’t Ruling Out Xbox 360 Games on PC

One of the most touted features of the Xbox One is its ability to play Xbox 360 games via backwards compatibility. Ever since the feature was launched in 2015, Xbox One owners have been able to play a great deal of 360 games. Given Microsoft’s push toward PC gaming, many wondered if Xbox 360 backwards compatibility would one day be available on PC. Xbox head, Phil Spencer, is known for answering fans’ questions on Twitter. Recently, a follower asked him about the possibility of seeing Xbox 360 games on PC. Spencer gave a direct, if noncommittal answer. @Micro_666 @TobiasFoxtail Running BC reliably on all the different PC HW configs would be a lot more work than XB1, but never say never. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 7, 2017 There are numerous PC configurations out there. Because of that, it’s understandable why Spencer believes getting 360 games to run on PC would be difficult. At the same time, it was also said that the Xbox One would never get Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. That obviously hasn’t been the case, as anyone who has played a 360 game on Xbox One can attest READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Xbox One Backward Compatibility Gets Slammed With More Games Today

Xbox One Backward Compatibility List Expands A few days ago we told you how Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb was fed up with Xbox users repeatedly asking him on social media about whether or not Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be made available via backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Today, another batch of Xbox 360 games has been made available on Xbox One via the console’s backward compatibility service. Unfortunately, Black Ops II is not one of them. Microsoft announced that Battlefield 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Dragon Age: Origins have joined the lineup, along with Ghostbusters and Scrap Metal. If you already own any of the games included, they should show up directly in your library, ready to be downloaded. That said Battlefield 3 will require a hard copy to work. The full list is as follows: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Battlefield 3 (requires disc) Dragon Age: Origins Ghostbusters Scrap Metal The Splatters Strania Microsoft confirmed last month that the number of titles available on the service had surpassed the 300 mark, having celebrated the milestone by offering Mistwalker’s JRPG Lost Odyssey for free to all Xbox One owners. Likewise, it was announced earlier this month…

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Phil Spencer Wants Xbox One To Play Original Xbox Games

The Xbox One has very few advantages over its main rival the PS4, but one key area where Microsoft has outdone Sony is backwards compatibility. Slowly but surely Microsoft has been unlocking the Xbox 360’s huge library of games and allowing the original discs to play when inserted into the Xbox One. Now it seems, there’s a chance that compatibility could jump back another generation and unlock those original Xbox games you have gathering dust on your shelf. Although it’s not happening yet, Phil Spencer has confirmed on Twitter that it’s something he’d very much like to do: @James1o1o We haven’t ruled it out but we aren’t working on it right now. I’d like to find the time to do it. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 12, 2016 In total, there were 1,045 game released for the original Xbox. That includes 289 exclusive to North America, 96 exclusive to Europe, and 44 exclusive to Japan. When the Xbox 360 was launched backwards compatibility was touted, but mostly treated as an afterthought. Only a small subset of Xbox games ended up working on the 360, and even then some of them didn’t work well (artifacts, software errors etc.). [embedded content] Adding…