One of the most common things you’ll see when people discuss Xbox One’s backwards compatibility is… No-one really wants it and it hasn’t helped sell more Xbox One’s. But it seems the function is a lot more popular than you’d think.
And as if to prove those nay-sayers wrong, it’s been revealed just how many hours Xboxers have spent playing backwards compatible games – and it might just surprise you…
Gamers have spent over 100 million hours playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.
The problem with many of the arguments against backwards compatibility is, they appear to miss the point: backward compatibility was always more of a PR move than a marketing strategy, brought in by Xbox boss Phil Spencer to show gamers that Microsoft cared about their core audience after the abysmal ‘TV-TV-TV’ E3 2013 console reveal.
With numbers like 100 million+ hours, it’s clear that far from being an unnecessary extra, Xbox One owners have fully embraced the ability to play their back catalogue on new consoles. No surprise, perhaps, when you consider that top titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption are available. Throw in two extra BC Xbox 360 games on the Games with Gold offer, and it’s clear just why the function has been so popular.
Still, though, it’s doubtful that even #InPhilWeTrust foresaw it being quite so popular.