Xbox head Phil Spencer says backwards compatibility is about preserving the art of games
Backwards compatibility for Xbox is one of the key ways it differentiates itself from the PlayStation, but for Xbox's Phil Spencer, it's about more than good will with customers.
Speaking to Time, Xbox head Phil Spencer discussed a range of subjects, including the brand new Xbox One X, Windows Mixed Reality, and more.
One comment that really struck me, however, was this one about Spencer's motivation for pushing backwards compatibility across the Xbox One ecosystem.
Phil Spencer referenced PlayStation's marketing chief Jim Ryan, who was recently quoted downplaying backwards compatibility, stating that older Gran Turismo games "looked ancient," following it up with "why would anyone want to play this?" For Spencer, it's less to do with business opportunities, and more to do with the preservation of the artistic medium of video games.
Indeed, not every game added to the Xbox's backwards compatible line-up sees a huge amount of traction, every now and then though, games like Red Dead Redemption and Black Ops II come along, re-entering sales charts as players flock to get their nostalgia fix. The important thing is that future generations will be able to take a look at the past and see how we got to where we are today, particularly when Microsoft brings the OG Xbox into the fold as announced at E3 2017.
What games are you still hoping for on Xbox backwards compatibility? Hit the comments.
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As for emulators, besides the fact that there aren't emulators for every platform (let's assume there are), the average person doesn't want to or even know how to go about installing something like that. You need to visit some obscure website to download the right emulator, then find compatible rom files and set everything up. Sure, it's not that hard, and it might be a suitable option for a lot of people, but dissing this new, more convenient alternative is IMO pretty pointless.
It understand me very well, connect to my account in just 2-3 seconds and I can still use it for some games like Just Dance, Dance Central Spotlight, Forza Horizon (yes, Anna works great and is faster than going to the map and choosing something yourself). It's just a shame that Xbox Fitness is offline now... :/ With the new Xbox Interface, some gestures are killed but all voice commands are still there and for some like me, living in a country where Cortana is not supported on Xbox, you don't have the choice and must still use "Xbox, ..." instead of "Cortana, ...".
Yes, living in Belgium, the "capital" of Europe gives you the opportunity to choose whether or not you want Cortana on your phone and computer (when you receive your phone or computer, it's off and you must choose French (France) in order to be able to use it) but not on Xbox.
Sorry, but all of these companies (including Sony and Nintendo) aren't doing this for the good of gaming. They are doing it for money. First of all, MS and their fans love saying that XB1 is BC. It's actually partial BC since it's around 33% of XB360 and mostly arcade games that are BC. So far there are just 2 XB games BC. It will be less than what they are doing with the 360. Next, for MS, this is a big selling point in trying to sell XB1. But not just that, this is a chance for them to make more money out of these old games. But it's not just that. This gives MS a great chance of bringing a new "exciting" service where people can rent many of these games. Yes, more ways of making money out of these games. And finally, we all know that MS have been making very few announcements of new major games in the last few years. MS doesn't seem to be too interested in investing in new games, but to make up for that they just keep announcing these few (mostly arcade) games are becoming BC. In other words, the focus is no longer on making these new gen AAA games...
While their competition keeps getting news of new current gen games, they stayed in the spotlight or their focus is mostly due to hardware or BC news. When you see a 2012 COD game gets in the top 10 of NPD thanks to BS, but gets 0 actual current gent exclusive in the top 20, while PS4 and Switch both have multiple games in the chart, it's really sad for XB1 gamers. Great for MS investors though... This works out perfect for them as this allows them to not invest much into new games...
We know that platform invest to make games for their platform. That's how it is and how it's always been. Nintendo makes games for their consoles, Sony does the same and so does MS. So what's the alternative to them investing in making games?
Well, not investing in making games or investing in time deals.
Everyone knows you're the troll here.
There's a reason you are clocking in at negative 17 downvotes.
Yeah sure MS is not a charity.. But they have been doing some great things that directly benefit us without really generating money directly for them.... But goodwill can be a big strength for them in the future... Today I have an XB with close to 200 games of which I payed full price maybe 3 and a 40 bucks XBL gold sub.... Tell me an other device with that much brownie points....
The problem is that since that E3 there hasn't been many AAA announcements. The annual forza and Halo wars 2 at gamescom. Gamescom 2015
Halo Wars 2 E3 2016
Forza Horizon 3 Gamescom 2016
- E3 2017
Forza 7 So there is a dropped in major console exclusives compared to earlier. We can't say for sure if that's because of BC BUT the BC has help MS communicate or focus more on BC games and let them get away with not having many new games. When we actually list the announcements it's quite clear that there was a drop. That's the point...