Q&A: 360 Backward Compatibility pro Albert Penello

Backward Compatibility on the Xbox 360 has been a hot topic among gamers ever since the 360 was announced. Microsoft eventually promised that the new console would be able to play some Xbox games, and launched with a backward compatible list that included more than 200 titles.

The Xbox 360's ATI GPU and IBM CPU were vastly different from its predecessor's, which housed a Nvidia GPU and Intel CPU, forcing Microsoft's engineers to rely on emulators. This technological hurdle yields a list of backward compatible games that includes Barbie Horse Adventures, but doesn't include critical darlings Psychonauts and Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. In addition, some games that were once on the list have now jumped off, such as Freedom Fighters, Sid Meier's Pirates!, and Mortal Kombat: Deception.

GameSpot News talked with Albert Penello, Microsoft's director of global platform marketing for Xbox, to find out the ins and outs of backward compatibility, and why some games make the list and others don't.

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Marriot VP6530d ago

basically the reason why sequel's or sports games aren't BC is because they want you to buy the 360 version.

CAPS LOCK6530d ago

ur right paul microsoft are obviouly losing money so they need to get the extra Gs from somewhere so they are forcing their fans to buy more 360 games unlike sony who delay everyting but whom are getting loans to fix some of there problems, which will creat more so get the nintendo and be wowed by last gen graphics and motion sensing and go to bed with an dead arm.(by the way i meant motion sensing not the other thing)

Marriot VP6530d ago

don't be an idiot, it's for the developers not MS you moron. Last time I checked it doesn't benefit them at all.

dikturbo6529d ago

First and foremost it's about developer support. Developers/Publishers are MS's #1 clients and they need to be serviced by giving their costly projects longevity.

Secondly, is the end user; you and me. I woud love to unload my Xbox to a garge sale or the lake house but I still need it. My library of X1 games is substantially larger then my 360 library(44:0).
My X1 games are essentially worthless and I wont commit to the 360 until I can maintain the depreciated value I have made to date.
I assure you that there would be more 360 sales if there was a complete comittment to backward compatability.


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solideagle6h ago(Edited 6h ago)

where is GOW (original trilogy)?


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SovereignSnaKe1d 7h ago

It's an outstanding game and so was The Old Blood. Also a lost era of gaming. Interesting, I received a physical copy of The Old Blood 9 years ago today from Poland. It was digital only in North America initially upon release so I had to import.


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Seth_hun1d 13h ago

I disagree. Its still a fantastic game, with very good gunplay and a surprisingly loveable cast of characters and a good story trough many different and interesting setpieces

hiawa231d 9h ago (Edited 1d 9h ago )

All The New Order needs for my tastes is a this gen enhancement patch.

ChasterMies1d 9h ago

I played New Order a couple of years after launch and I give it an 8/10. The shooter holds up because it is focused on being a good shooter. There is no crafting, no RPG elements, no open world find the question mark Weapons are fun. Enemies are fun. Levels offer a nice mix of stealth and shooting. You get to be the predator; this isn’t a game about fending off waves of enemies while a robot companion unlocks a door. Most importantly, New Order is the last of a dying breed of single player shooters.

Skuletor1d 7h ago

Singleplayer shooters are still getting released every year, just look up "boomer shooters" and you'll find an an abundance of them. AAA fps campaigns, not so much.

Last year had Trepang2, RoboCop: Rogue City, Turbo Overkill, Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, Dread Templar, Sprawl and more

DustMan1d 3h ago

The games you mentioned are not from AAA developers. Wolfenstein likely had a budget that was probably as big as all those games you mentioned combined. I'm not knocking the new wave of retro shooters. I absolutely love them (I think some get much higher review scores than they deserve though). I just really wouldn't describe Wolfenstein as purely a boomer shooter based on the relatively cohesive story, with cut scenes and is fully voice acted. Full set piece moments.

AA development seems to be focused keeping the single player solo experience alive. But the big developers are only concerned about the MTX and milking players who enjoy multiplayer.

ChasterMies19h ago(Edited 19h ago)

The age of AA shooters. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I like less expense, shorter games.

Abear211d 8h ago

Weird all the Wolfenstein articles.

Can you guess what will be announced at Xbox showcase?

DefenderOfDoom21d 8h ago

What Machine Games did with Wolfenstein franchise is awesome. The game play definitely to me , is still very fun to play !!!

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