“It was literally the whole world asking” for backwards compatibility on Xbox One, says Microsoft’s Anshu Mor.
Xbox One’s backward compatibility feature is a big win for anyone who owns Xbox 360 games. The ability to play through your old library without actually paying extra like in the case of remasters [half of which are horrible anyway] is a great incentive for any Xbox fan. How according to Xbox One India head Anshu Mor, the backwards compatibility feature will actually bring in Xbox 360 owners to the Xbox One.
“There is a firm believe actually that a lot of people would migrate from the Xbox 360 platform to the Xbox One platform. While this was obviously a global call the whole technology behind putting Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One was just not one country or subsidiary asking…it was literally the whole world asking,” Anshu said to GamingBolt.
“But to give you a little insight, throughout last year when we were talking to consumers especially the Xbox 360 fan base, all of them were telling us one concern that we have an investment in games on the Xbox 360 platform and we don’t want to give up that investment. I think we have solved that and those investments that they were talking about the games so we have kind of solved that. With that investment sorted, we do believe that a lot of them will shift this year.”
It remains to be seen what kind of impact it will have on Xbox One sales. But given that its competitor, the PS4 has no such feature [although there are reports that Sony is working on one], the Xbox One only has more to gain in the long run. We will see how it all pans out.