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It's a neat feature but that's all, and also Xbox One backward compatibility is not a true backward compatibility , and only work for small selected games. and also it's a bit too late for that, backward compatibility very useful if it's on first year of console gen transition, Now people only look and wait for a future games and the upcoming new games. and also Xbox 360 lack of true exclusives unlike PS3.



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It's just a very nice and useful feature.

I don't think BC should ever be seen as this uber-tiered feature on any console.



The longer in the gen the less important it is



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DialgaMarine said:
Darwinianevolution said:
The point of backwards compatibility isn't attracting new costumers, it's keeping the consumers who bought your system loyal to your brand. And in the XBone case, it has come really late, the PS4 has stolen the spotlight already.

 One really has to wonder why MS didn't do full on BC right off the bat. It could've been a decent enough marketing tool for them, that would've helped at least attract more 360 users, if nothing else. 



both playstation 4 and Xbox One were a long LONG way from complete software wise when they released, think it is fare to say they were both beta on release. both barely had the basics working let alone the time to be working on the nice to haves, So I imagine BC was something both Sony and MS would have liked from the start but there really is only so much you can complete in a given timeframe, especially when you need the underlying OS complete before you can think of emulating something on top of it.



Yes, it's a great feature. My friend who never owned a 360 bought Geow Ultimate because 1-judgement would be free with the game. BC is what pushed him to buy it, so to say it doesn't effect sales is wrong. When BC fully releases this holiday you can bet we will be playing Gears of war 3 together.



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its just a choice for upgrading from previous gen owners when their old console die ( provided their games already available for the new sysytem ) if they are people who not so interested in new gen games, but it will only be a extra feature for people who more interested in new gen games...



nanarchy said:
DialgaMarine said:

 One really has to wonder why MS didn't do full on BC right off the bat. It could've been a decent enough marketing tool for them, that would've helped at least attract more 360 users, if nothing else. 



both playstation 4 and Xbox One were a long LONG way from complete software wise when they released, think it is fare to say they were both beta on release. both barely had the basics working let alone the time to be working on the nice to haves, So I imagine BC was something both Sony and MS would have liked from the start but there really is only so much you can complete in a given timeframe, especially when you need the underlying OS complete before you can think of emulating something on top of it.

 That's how PS3 and 360 started out. You're right, but that doesn't explain why MS doesn't outright give full BC to the console.  





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RolStoppable said:
97alexk said:

dude, ITS FREAKING GENIUS!!! Im playing xenoblade Chronicles now on the Wii U, wich i bought from the Wii u eshop, its an amazing game i couldnt get otherwise.

That's not backwards compatibility, you genius.


you sure? he plays a wii game on his wiiu.



DialgaMarine said:

 

 That's how PS3 and 360 started out. You're right, but that doesn't explain why MS doesn't outright give full BC to the console.  



By the sounds of it, FULL BC compatibility is their intention, at least as close to it as they can get. so not sure what you are stating there. Whether they achieve it or not is another matter as it isn't an easy task when you have such a massive shift in underlying architecture. I hope for the sake of my old games they do get there.



I don't think backwards compatibility is over hyped at all, honestly.

It's a really useful feature, and I've used it quite a few times with my Wii U. Sure, it's not the ultimate sales driver but it does increase the value of any console in my book (including the XBO).



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