During the Microsoft E3 2015 conference on Monday, fans of the console were ecstatic to hear that the Xbox One would offer backwards compatibility on Xbox 360. While there are only a handful of games available right now, most noticeably is fan favorite Mass Effect, Microsoft plans to have hundreds of titles available by the end of the year. With the games that will be backwards compatible, not only will they be free unlike Playstation Now, will receive a graphic upscale and smoother frame rate. With all the positive acceptance that has been garnered by this announcement, has Sony really looked at how well this has been received?
Microsoft’s announcement of hundreds of titles that will be backwards compatible allows Xbox fans who were tentative on purchasing an Xbox One through the Xbox 360 trade in special that is going to be valid until this Sunday June 20th know that their favorite Xbox 360 titles will be playable on the Xbox One. Breathing new life into the Xbox One, the Xbox One has seemingly been reinvented offering a far wider range of video games that fans love.
With an interview with Polygon, Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida called the news “Interesting”. Further going in to depth about the difficulty of backwards compatibility stating “Backwards compatibility is hard, I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that.” But with this being said, potential PS4 owners may be discouraged to know that their PS3 games won’t work on their PS4 any time soon. Hopefully this announcement by Microsoft lights a fire under Sony to out do Microsoft and propel something even better.
While PS4 may not offer disc backwards compatibility, they do offer Playstation Now where PS4 users can play PS3 titles however, it requires a paid subscription fee of $19.99/month or $44.99/3 months. Undoubtedly this service is very expensive, and does the gaming experience really equate to the price. While very few PS3’s offered PS2 backwards compatibility, PS4 fans hope that they will eventually receive backwards compatibility sooner rather than later.
No doubt Sony will attempt to surpass Microsoft’s announcement of backwards compatibility. Thankfully competition generally results in better product. Simply meaning that the news of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One will cause Sony to improve their console and then vice versa allowing fans of both consoles to benefit.
Finally did Sony anticipate news like this by Microsoft at E3. With very positive feedback so far, the backwards compatibility announcement could have taken away from the Sony conference. big name company Gamestop praises the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility stating “It breathes new life” into Xbox 360 games. Being a company that specializes in selling video games, no doubt Gamestop is excited along with the many Xbox One owners.