Sony may have stole the show in terms of new game announcements such as Final Fantasy VII Remake and Shenmue 3, but there’s no doubt that the most ground-breaking announcement of E3 was thanks to Microsoft who unveiled Xbox One backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 discs.
You heard the last part correctly. Microsoft has seemingly done yet another u-turn, not only bringing backwards compatibility to the Xbox One, but doing it in a way which will allow owners to insert their old Xbox 360 discs into the system.
We’re hearing that the process is very straight forward as well – simply insert your Xbox 360 disc into the Xbox One, wait for an update to begin and that’s it – you can start playing your old games.
Unlike Sony which does not offer disc-based backwards compatibility and also charge gamers to play old titles digitally, Microsoft has said that this is going to be a free service for everyone – megaton right there.
The feature will be available in Holiday 2015, but those enrolled into the Xbox Preview Program can try out a few select titles right now which is really exciting.
The fact that this is free is amazing, but at the same time we’re still a bit confused as to why this is suddenly happening. As you can see from the Tweet above in December 2013 – Microsoft’s Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson said that Xbox One backwards compatibility was simply not possible and that it could brick your console if you tried it.
At the same time, it may be worrying for PS4 owners now who are thinking why Sony are charging users to play old games when a simple software update appears to have made it possible on Xbox One for free.
We’ll be talking about this aspect another time, but for now just give us your reaction to the news. Is this a game-changer for you and the real winning announcement of E3 2015?
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