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Backwards Compatibility Matters

Many outlets and people seem to be negative towards the aspect of playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. It's rather ridiculous and this article explores the reasons why this feature is important moving forward.

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SpaceRanger1171d ago

I wonder why no one boasts about BC on the Wii U? It's been on the Wii U since launch.

It's a great gaming feature to have. Considering that MS put all their chips in TV features at the beginning, while everyone else focused on revolutionary gaming features. So it's a great path and change that they're taking. But it's not THE game changer that's going to turn the tide for the Xbox one.

gangsta_red1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

"I wonder why no one boasts about BC on the Wii U?"

Maybe because the WiiU is BC with the original Wii library, a library that is not filled with a whole lot of games people wanted to play. A library that was filled with shovelware and games for casuals with a few gems here and there.

Also, another reason why you don't hear a lot of people boasting about the WiiU is because the WiiU is not really selling well. And those issues as to why it's not selling is not related to anything that has to do with BC.

"while everyone else focused on revolutionary gaming features."

Like what in particular?

SpaceRanger1171d ago

"Also, another reason why you don't hear a lot of people boasting about the WiiU is because the WiiU is not really selling well."

Lmao!!
It's 3 million behind the Xbox One and you're saying it's not selling well? I wonder how you see the Xbox One being 10+ million behind the PS4?

"Like what in particular?"

I'm going to name the top one so that we can avoid all of the banter that will follow with other people commenting below and comparing features from launch till now. And that feature is Remote Play. Nothing comes close to how it works functionality wise since launch. Being able to play games on your PS4 from your house or from hundreds of miles away (I've personally done this on many of my trips) is something no one has yet to achieve on any other console. Streaming games outside of your home is in fact revolutionary to this gen when compared to last gen.

SuperStatePro1171d ago

Space Ranger - 3 million behind X1, with twice the time on sale..

starchild1171d ago

The other reason I think some of us don't make as big of a deal about BC on the Wii U is because it's already easy to emulate Wii games on PC with much higher fidelity graphics than on Wii U.

The Xbox 360, on the other hand, still hasn't really been emulated on PC, and there are a lot of great games in the 360 library.

darthv721170d ago

"Remote Play" really SpaceRanger..You consider that the top feature?

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gangsta_red1171d ago

"It's 3 million behind the Xbox One and you're saying it's not selling well?"

So is the WiiU not selling well something of a new revelation to you?

Remote Play is a cool feature, one I haven't personally used because I really don't see the reason for it. I don't see it as a "revolutionary" game changing feature either, but it is something that is nice have as a free feature on PS4 and I could use it down the road when the opportunity arrives...the same as BC for Xbox One.

"Streaming games outside of your home"

I'm almost positive that this has been around prior to PSNow. But I do think that PSNow has the potential to be a service that could be revolutionary if done right. If priced right like for instance Netflix streaming model and they also offer their back catalog AND new games that could be very revolutionary.

SpaceRanger1171d ago

"So is the WiiU not selling well something of a new revelation to you?"

So the Wii U isn't selling well because it's at 10 million, yet the Xbox One is selling just fine at 13 million? Like I said, using that same logic then the Xbox One isn't selling that well.

"I'm almost positive that this has been around prior to PSNow. But I do think that PSNow has the potential to be a service that could be revolutionary if done right. If priced right like for instance Netflix streaming model and they also offer their back catalog AND new games that could be very revolutionary."

I was talking about Remote Play, not PSNow. It's something that's been around since the start of this gen. The ability to stream PS4 games outside of your home. It's not confined to being on the same wi-fi system in order for it to function.

n4rc1170d ago

its 3m behind (and even more for ps4) and been out a year longer.. after coming off 150m sales of the wii

where xbox one is selling better then the 360 and beating last gens winner..

pretty big stretch to say its the same logic.

KiwiViper851171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

I'm getting a bit sick of seeing you in every Xbox One article to be honest. Your trying way to hard to convince us that our Xbox One's suck, but we know the truth.

Hate-speech wont change our opinions.

Can you just do us a favour and stick to Sony articles?

gangsta_red1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Are we trying to compare sales of the Xbox One and WiiU or are we discussing the reason why no one boasts about BC for WiiU?

There has been numerous articles about the WiiU not being as successful as it could have been. It's no secret that it has not sold well, why are we trying to compare that to the Xbox One?

And Remote Play is a cool feature, but again I don't feel it's revolutionary, it's definitely not a game changer.

So again, the reason why no one boasts about BC for WiiU is because the Wii catalog of games are not as robust or even enticing like the huge back catalog of games for 360.

There are still games from last gen on the 360 that i have not played and if I had the chance would try them.

Rookie_Monster1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Give it a rest, Ranger, with your crusade to downplay BC. LoL

BC this generation is different than what it was last gen or anytime before it.

The reason why BC is more important this gen than last gen is because many games from the x360/ps3 era are digital in nature, with achievement, DLCs, gamerscores, tied to your account, and the games were 720p HD ready that still looks great on today's TV. The PS2/xbox/Wii era games have none of that;thus, that is why it wasn't as big big a deal back then. 

MS knocked it out of the park with their BC because not only are everything carried over from the x360, XB1 features such as DVR, Snap, and steaming can also be used for last gen titles.

Can't wait for my free Free Fallout 3 and all 4 Gears games with my purchase of Fallout 4 and Gears Ultimate, respectively. Oh, and did you hear all X360 Gold games will be playable on XB1 from now on? COOL isn't it? ;)

Trekster_Gamer1171d ago

Wiiu backwards compatibility is a joke. Most Wii games were crappy shovelware the 360 far and away has games that are awesome.

Wiiu is trailing and came out 2 years earlier.

Shineon1171d ago

Because wii graphics suck and ps3 and 360 graphics still can kind of keep up with next Gen consoles, it's just more impressive dude, wii was casual nice but casual

otherZinc1171d ago

Yes, Backwards Compatability matters. I'm about to beat Gears One again...And I'm still buying the Gears Of War One Ultimate Edition!

Ultimate will have 5 new stages!
Day 1 for me!

RiseofScorpio1170d ago

Are you really gonna go there? First off the Wii had next to no third party support and if it did the games were vastly inferior compared to other consoles. Secondly the most sought after games would be Mario, Zelda etc some of which all ready have sequels on the Wii U or the games are on the Shop.

medman1170d ago

Backwards compatibility is a nice option to have, but it's not a game changer by any means. The fat ps3 had backwards compatibility...Sony felt comfortable dropping the feature because their market research indicated (as did Microsoft's) that a small percentage of gamers actually go back and play old titles, despite the noise you hear about the feature.

I still have my 360 and ps3, along with a ps4 and pc. My ps3 is my blu ray player, and my 360 only sees runtime for the espn app. Once new systems come along, the vast majority of players want new experiences, new ip's, new ways to play. It's funny you hear so many people say they're sick to death of sequels, yet these are the same people claiming backwards compatibility is critical. Typical.

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Sonyslave31171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

One the Wii u have really no Third party games to brag about.

The xbox 360 have a huge catlog of third party games hell wii don't even have elders scroll or any of the heavy hitters on it .

triverse1171d ago

When you have two generations of first party Nintendo titles to enjoy, do you really need all that many 3rd party titles?

Sonyslave31171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Well contrary to popular believe a lot of adults owned Wii u and they want GTA & Saint Rows and all the other heavy hitters really bad hell look at all the petition online.

Wii U fans are mad Project Cars is not coming to there system even though they have MarioKart.

ShaunCameron1171d ago

Judging by the actual number of people that signed the petition to bring GTA to the Wii U, most of the Wii U's userbase don't really care about GTA. Many that did care already owned a PS3 or XBox 360.

Aloy-Boyfriend1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

It's funny that the Wii U has BC and gets no hype like Xbox one now. I remmember back when Ninty guys bragged about it and both PS and Xbox fanboys were like, "I don't care. I bought this to play current gen games" and so on. Now Microsuave managed to do BC and boom! Mow we care!

Stop bragging about it already. It's something cool to have but it's not something from another world. As a PS4 player I'm not annoyed by that and I could care less.

Sonyslave31171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

lol I don't recall Wii u fanboys even bragging about having BC or anything .

Hell only time I even remember Wii U fanboys bragging about anything is BAyonetta 2 being exclusive 2 Wii u.

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago

"lol I don't recall Wii u fanboys even bragging about having BC or anything"

Because you talked to all the Wii U owners and have an account on all the gaming sites right?

gangsta_red1171d ago

@Emix

And XiKurapikaKurta who made just as big of a claim did the leg work you're expecting from Sonyslave???

Hilarious the absurd things you will believe and defend.

gangsta_red1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

"I remmember back when Ninty guys bragged about it and both PS and Xbox fanboys were like, "I don't care. I bought this to play current gen games" and so on"

I don't remember any Nintendo guys bragging about BC. Pretty sure you're making that up.

I do remember Sony taking BC out of PS3 and Sony guys saying "we don't care we I bought a PS3 to play PS3 games!". I also remember BC on the X1 forums being one of the top requested features to be added on Xbox One.

But I do see a lot of Playstation owners like yourself on this site stating how they don't care about BC.

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago

"I don't remember any Nintendo guys bragging about BC. Pretty sure you're making that up"

The slowness is real with this one. When did you read all forums all over the world and talk to all gamers?

http://techland.time.com/20...

Took less the 2 seconds on Google bud. I don't even know why you would argue against something like that, seriously.

I'm sure you didn't remember though...I mean you seem to not remember much.

How is Wii U doing btw with its amazing BC? lolz, those reasons for Wii U being better look a lot like your funny list on why XONE is better (yet losing).

Funny how folks are pointing out that XONE and Wii U are closer in sales then PS4 is to XONE...the lolz.

gangsta_red1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

@Edmix

Wow... I remember your comments used to be somewhat coherent but lately...

Anyways..so one article equals Nintendo guys bragging about it and that in turns shows PS and Xbox fanboys saying "they don't need it, blah, blah, blah" as XiKurapikaKurta states above right?

"Funny how folks are pointing out that XONE and Wii U are closer in sales then PS4 is to XONE...the lolz."

Yea, extremely funny right? How it took WiiU a year longer to get somewhat close to X1 sales but still be behind or that you and a certain group of others would even find that funny or that I would even care.

Also funny how that has nothing to do with the topic of BC but always gets regurgitated by a certain group when they have nothing else to work with.

lolz, lmao, lofaml, LO..F..mO?? Sorry I should have just stuck with "bud".

magiciandude1171d ago

I went shopping at the mall for clothes yesterday and I was talking with one of the store workers that shows customers a lot of cool shirts with cool designs, I pointed out on one shirt that has a design similar to what I want to use for my website in the making. He asked me what kind of website, and I answered it's a gaming site. The conversation went from a sales promotion to a gaming conversation and he told me he bought an Xbox One a few days ago and BC is a huge part of the Xbox One conversation.

We are now friends because of this. I have been making new friends at GameStop and other stores just because of Xbox One's BC. Strange how that works, this never happened to me before, and I wasn't even trying at all. These Sony only fanboys can try to convince me that BC is irrelevant all they want. The fact is there are so many gamers that want it, and considering how both MS and Sony have been anti-BC since the beginning of this generation, this is a huge sigh of relief and a ray of hope for the future on MS' part. Now, the main reason why BC is important for MS is the Xbox One will now have more games to play than the PS4, and that doesn't need bunch of cheap, uninspired indies padding up the storefront to accomplish that.

The Sony crowd is simply jealous that the Xbox One has a major gaming feature that their PS4 will never get, even though Sony themselves said BC is a core value when they launched the PS3, and even though Sony gamers bragged about the PS3 BC being superior to that the Xbox 360's, they're now here invading every single article about the feature downplaying it with all their might, just because it's not Sony. The same people would bounce off the walls if it was for Sony. Can't fool anyone about that one!

Sonyslave31171d ago

But BC was the number 1 request feature on xbox official website going back the last year or so.

Metallox1171d ago

But the author is just saying this:

"It's best to just stop focusing on every bit of negativity and just enjoy the games you've loved over the life of Xbox 360 on Xbox One."

That's a nice summary. Though I agree the title of the piece is very misleading, BC is a nice feature, but it doesn't really matter and the word itself just turns on once more this machine of the console wars.

starchild1171d ago

I absolutely love the fact my PC has backwards compatibility. I wish my PS4 did because my PS3 is artifacting in some games and is probably on its way out.

If I owned a WiiU or cared about Wii games I would think its BC was important too, but sadly I haven't found very many reasons to care about recent Nintendo consoles. I know some people do and that's great, as long as people are happy. It's just a matter of personal taste.

Anyway, BC is a great feature in general and I always want the gaming platforms I own to have it.

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FallenAngel19841171d ago

Of course it matters. I made the jump from N64 to PS2, and the backwards compatibility allowed me to experience the PS1's great classic library that I missed out on. GBA, DS, and PS3's backwards compatibility made the jump to upgrade so much easier.

TheGreatGamer1171d ago

It definitely matters for me as someone who owns 100+ Xbox 360 games of which some are my favourite games I've ever played. You can't damage control against this one, there's literally nothing negative about Microsoft providing free backwards compatibility

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago

"someone who owns 100+ Xbox 360 games"

.....doesn't XONE have limited BC?

Where is your 360?

I mean...its a nice feature and I agree you can't damage control it, but you also can't make it sound like the second coming if this feature is lessor and merely is a nice feature that lets you put away your 360 for the time being...for some games.

I mean....worse if you don't own a 360 too as it questions, how good was the feature for you to not keep your 360?

Not saying thats your situation, just in general.

KiwiViper851171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

My 360 got packed away the day my Xbox One took its place. I had resigned myself to the fact that I would probably never hook it up again and never play my games again.

What a nice surprise it was that Microsoft is going to let me play most of my games again, without the hassle of setting up my 360. With all the added functionality of the DVR, Screenshots, Snap etc, and being able to use my X1 controller.

Just saying, EDMIX, you sound really jealous.

Metallox1171d ago

@KiwiViper85

"With all the added functionality of the DVR, Screenshots, Snap etc, and being able to use my X1 controller."

Seriously? That's very cool.

_-EDMIX-_1170d ago

@Kiwi-....of a feature I have native vs limited? lolz...hardly. I think its nice they gave it for free, but I would hardly say its something worth going nuts about.

100% native BC right now along with next gen and I'm doing pretty fine lol

KiwiViper851168d ago

Wow look how many bubbles you used, for a topic your not interested in...

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