Well it’s about time is all I can say. The power of Gaming (in the world of Game Consoles) has always been support. Nintendo lost that fact with all the Game Consoles they produced, No backward compatibility support.
What this means is once you bought (as example let’s stay with Nintendo) Game Cube and purchased all the software you wanted (which was ok to a point), when they brought out the new Wii all your current software was useless on the new platform (you had to buy new software). This concept is Glorious from a Marketers Point of View (Return Business and all that), but terrible from the consumer’s side (the software was not cheap).
Now since games can run on computers (they usually take a lot of computer resources, example of ram / storage / CPU speed / and so on) you must make sure your computer will run the game (game specs are on every box). The difference between computers and game consoles is when you get the next PC you can usually run all the old software (some Operating Systems will not allow it by design, but the hardware is more than capable of running it).
Now back to Xbox One / 360 / and the original XBOX where Microsoft Claims it’s a PC with set Specs done so the Gaming Manufactures can design without anyone not been able to play the game. The difference between the versions (so Microsoft Says) is the newer versions are using the state of the art hardware for faster, bigger and more impressive graphics for the Gamers’ Experience. Ok so it it’s like a PC with set specs then why not be backward compatible??? Maybe we are back to the OS not by design issue again (for the Marketers of course)???
Well I’m Glad the people have spoken to the Manufactures (and some of them have listened). It seems that the population is not so quick to give up their XBOX 360 Games to only re-buy them again for the XBOX One. I personally have a XBOX 360 (with lots of Software) and I will not get an XBOX One until ALL my Software is playable on the new device (it might never happen).
Up until a recent web exchange with Microsoft, they (Microsoft) said its simple just purchase a XBOX one while keeping the 360 and have the best of both worlds. Are they going to pay for that? Another quote they loved was sell the 360 with all the games and then buy the XBOX one with the needed software, problem with that logic is the old games are not worth anything like the 360 and the new platform doesn’t have the software I want (the software I want is on the 360).
True the New Games coming out will only be for the new platform (and not the 360) thus forcing us (the Gamers) to upgrade at sometime and shelling out the bucks needed to upgrade. For now there seems to be hope with Microsoft’s Backward Compatibility (limited to a few titles only, for now), but in time upgrading to the new device will go a lot smother then once thought.
Examples of Two Different Computers Running Two Different Operating Systems…
Notice how the Newer Computer will not play the Older Games…