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June 15, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

E3: Microsoft announces Xbone compatibility with digital download of Xbox 360 games

Microsoft announced at E3 that the Xbox One will now be compatible with Xbox 360 games. Better late than never. Moves like this always make me suspicious. Backward compatibility at launch is a benefit to your loyal customers who will want to play their existing games while they wait for the new console's library to grow. Announcing backward compatibility a year and a half after launch is nice, but why were they so staunch about severing 360 ties at launch?

With the exception of the Wii U, Generation 8 was the end of backward compatibility for game consoles. I always though this was shortsighted from the customer's point of view, but I suppose the Big Boys had their reasons. I"ll bet it has to do with... profits.

Virtual console has been a great way to buy retro titles on Nintendo consoles, and Microsoft's announcement seems somewhat similar. They're offering select Xbox 360 games for digital download on Xbone. From what I understand, if you own the 360 disc, pop it in and a digital version will be downloaded for play via Microsoft's new Xbox One emulator. This scenario is free as long as the original game disc is in the slot for verification.

Microsoft announces Xbone compatibility You may recall (Dec. 2013) Xbox 360 compatibility was riling the ranks of the Internet with a fake sequence that would allegedly unlock backward compatibility. some folks fell for this ploy and wound up bricking their new Xbones. 1.5 years later, Microsoft decides to sell digital games and let original disc-owners play for free. This doesn't seem like the sort of move that will sell a lot of new Xbones. I'm curious to see how gamers react and what Microsoft gains from it.

It should be interesting to see how this plays out. I'm not an Xbone owner, but business decisions like this are what makes video games an interesting industry. You never know what might happen.

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