Xbox 360 backward compatibility coming to Xbox One in 2 weeks. Time for Sony to step their game up?
It had been announced almost a year ago, but it is now official: the Xbox One will be getting X360 backwards compatibility with the next firmware update in November.
According to older reports back when the feature was being beta tested, X360 backwards compatibility on the xbox one sounds like a great deal for gamers: it works whether you purchased the game digitally or have a physical version. For digital purchases, you’ll only have to redownload the game on your xbox one from your account. For owners of physical copies, you’ll be able to download a digital copy, and the xb360 emulator on the system will then check for the presence of the original disc in the drive.
Yup, that’s a pretty sweet thing, and I know most people will dismiss it as “not so useful”, but for people who were on the fence of switching to the next generation, this could mean a lot. Especially with the ongoing deal giving you a free game for the purchase of an Xbox One…
Microsoft mentioned that not all games will be fully compatible with the embedded emulator, but hinted at regular improvements to the backwards compatibility list, which is currently relatively small.
PS4 Backward compatibility with PS4 4.0 update?
It’s no question that the PS4 has taken the lead in the console wars this generation. But with this move, it is possible that Microsoft will get a significant boost in sales by convincing player to jump to the new generation console, especially with this move just ahead of the holiday season.
Which brings us to the question: would it be possible for Sony to bring PS3 backward compatibility to the PS4? And if so, one has to wonder if this means PS Plus members would get both PS4 and PS3 games for free in such a scenario. Well, I can dream about PS4 Firmware update 4.0 to bring PS4 backward compatibility for PS3 games…
Yoshida has stated clearly a few months ago, when the Xbox One backwards compatibility announcement was made, that Sony did not have similar plans:
“I don’t think we will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t have backward compatibility.”
I totally understand people asking for it, and if it was easy, we’d have done that. But our focus is creating PS4 games and adding new services. Remaking games on PS4 makes the games even better – with The Last Of Us, you can play at 60 frames per second, and the same goes for Dark Souls 2. Actually, I just finished Dark Souls 2 again on PS4.
Well, that sucks 🙁