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You’re really backwards if you want backwards compatibility on Xbox One

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I'm the Backwards man

Because no one is sick of Xbox One news yet! We’ve mentioned before that we kind of do like aspects of the console. But right now, the future console is doing a lot of things wrong. Locking games, requiring daily web checks and all that. And much like the Playstation 4, it also won’t be backwards compatible with older games. I don’t have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with though, is the attitude that Microsoft has towards that specific feature.

According to Microsoft’s Don Mattrick on the Wall Street Journal via Gamasutra, such thinking is reserved for backwards folk: 

We created something that understands how to be performant for all scenarios and all combinations. If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards.

I’m not happy with the current disdain for gamers who want to bring their old games with them to their next console. Even though Sony offered it at first with the original junk in the trunk Playstation 3, that was soon phased out with newer models.

The Xbox 360 was still able to play a large selection of older games though, and the Nintendo Wii itself was backwards compatible with Gamecube games, while offering that same feature for Wii games on the Wii U.

And I get that more powerful hardware results in an architecture that isn’t compatible with those older games. I honestly do. But at the same time, I’m loathe to pay an extra fee to emulate that game on the console, when I happen to actually have it right here in my hands. Isn’t that right Final Fantasy 8?

Both sides have a point, I’ll admit it. But there doesn’t need to be such an attitude about it either. And it also means that my gaming desk is going to become a lot more cramped, as I won’t be able to flog my current-gen devices to afford a next-gen one.

I love my current library of games too much to do that.

Last Updated: May 23, 2013

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