Both Sony and Microsoft will be talking backwards compatibility at E3 2014, although when it comes to Xbox One vs. PS4 the way this is achieved will be very different. The PS4 has PlayStation Now beta, but obviously it is not native backwards compatibility like some people hope to see with an Xbox One software update, although it’s unlikely to happen natively.
The latest development seems to be for Xbox One backwards compatibility to be able to play Xbox 360 games on the latest generation, and this possibility comes thanks to a tweet by Phil Spencer. Most of our readers will know Spencer well by following his Twitter channel, but in a nutshell this guy is the Head of Xbox and his words count.
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@DylanJohnston5 I did read it, push for back compat, it's a good push.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) June 4, 2014
While Spencer hasn’t come out and said for certain that Xbox One is going to be able to play 360 games after E3 2014, the tweet above is as good as it gets for confirming backwards compatibility is coming to Xbox One.
Are you bothered if Xbox One backwards compatibility is native or not? The PS4 has PS Now in beta right now on an invite only basis, and we’ve seen the potential in this service allowing PS3 games to be played on PS4. Sadly, it’s not native compatibility for older games but we’ll take it over nothing.
There’s no doubt backwards compatibility is a deal breaker for some people waiting to purchase an Xbox One vs. PS4. Some gamers even stuck with the last generation just for playing Grand Theft Auto 5, and we know many of you have a long list of games you still want to play from your PS3 or Xbox 360 collection.
— Mr.Inferno(the real1 (@1stsaintinferno) June 4, 2014
E3 is going to be massive this year. Microsoft and Sony have the best chance of 2014 to “steal the show”, now we wait to see what the biggest news will be and some Xbox One fans are counting on a better method for backwards compatibility to be exactly the news they’re waiting for.