In late 2015 Microsoft launched their backward compatibility feature for the Xbox One. This meant that you could play your XBox 360 games on the XBox One. Whilst the majority of the Xbox 360 games were on one disk that you could put into your console and play, there were some games that were so large that they spread across many disks.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) May 10, 2016
For those of you that missed it Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One’s backward compatibility system will now support games with multiple disks. In a twitter post earlier this week from Larry Hryb(who works on the Xbox Team at Microsoft) Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut is the first to be added to the list of games on the backward compatibility system. At the time of writing this article this is the only game in the list at the moment.
I think that this is a huge, direct attack at Sony. This is because you can’t play your PlayStation 3 games on PlayStation 4. Whether you have a disk for your PlayStation 3 game or you bought a game digitally through the PlayStation store you just cannot play them. Sure you can use the PlayStation now service but you have to pay a subscription fee just to play your PlayStation 3 games. Sure, you might want to see games with awesome graphics and stunning visuals but there are times that you might want to re-visit some of the older games in your collection. As such this is why backward compatibility plays a big part in the whole console war between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360.
Another way to look at this is that it’s a big win for emulation. The idea of an emulator is that you are effectively making something pretend it’s something else. In this case what Microsoft have done is put an Xbox 360 emulator onto the Xbox One and given this emulator multi-disk game capabilities. This is a classic example that emulation can be legal and used for the greater good even when you have a game that’s spans a few disks.
What are your favourite Xbox 360 games? Let me know in the comments.