While Sony’s PS4 is dominating Microsoft’s Xbox One in console sales, Microsoft has a secret weapon that’s still convincing Xbox 360 owners not to jump ship. A lot of people have made the switch from Xbox to PlayStation since the days of the PS3 and Xbox 360, but Microsoft has recognized one key way to keep people in their ecosystem.
When you’ve spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on Xbox 360 games, backwards comparability is a big deal. There are countless classics from last generation, and a lot of them can be picked up for very cheap now, and let’s be real – Xbox 360’s weren’t the most reliable hardware in the world – so giving the One backwards comparability was a smart move. Backwards comparability isn’t perfect, but it’s got a lot of games under its belt and its definitely better than nothing.
Even if your 360 is still in perfect working order, it’s a lot more convenient to not have to keep it hooked up or to lug it out of the closet whenever you feel like playing a game from the previous generation.
If you don’t use backwards comparability often, it’s still nice to know it’s there and to have the option, especially when it comes to the digital games you’ve purchased, it makes it easier to pull the trigger when you know you’ll still have access to play them anytime you want down the road.
But when it comes to backwards comparability, Sony would rather look to the future instead of the past:
“I was at a ‘Gran Turismo’ event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?,” revealed Jim Ryan, the Head of Global Sales and Marketing at Sony International Entertainment.
He also revealed that backwards comparability is one of the most requested features for PS4, but that historically people don’t use it very often so it’s fallen off the map for Sony.
Whether or not you use it often, does being able to play your old library of games on your newer console matter to you? Obviously, based on sales figures, it’s not a deal breaker for a lot of PlayStation owners, but given the choice – would you rather have it, or not have it? Should Sony bring back backwards compatibility for their next home console release?