Digital Foundry compares how Call of Duty 2 runs on Xbox One versus how the game performs on Xbox 360, discovering vast improvements for the Xbox One version of the game.
One of the reasons why Microsoft’s plan to make Xbox One backward compatible with Xbox 360 games was met with such enthusiasm is because of the potential for 360 games to run better on the newer hardware. Now, not all Xbox 360 games run better on Xbox One, but some have seen performance boosts, and so is the case with Call of Duty 2.
Call of Duty 2, which was added to the Xbox One backward compatibility lineup just recently, enjoys a steadier frame rate when played on the newer system. Whereas the game’s busier gameplay sections and cut-scenes drop to 30 frames per second when played on Xbox 360, Call of Duty 2 on Xbox One is able to consistently maintain 60 frames per second, with frame rate drops much less frequent.
This performance boost makes Xbox One the best way to play Call of Duty 2, and it will be interesting to see if more gamers will look into the game as a result. After all, Call of Duty: Black Ops sales spiked once that game was added to the Xbox One backward compatibility lineup, so there’s a possibility that the same could happen for Call of Duty 2.
Other games that have joined the Xbox One backward compatibility lineup have experienced similar sales spikes, like Red Dead Redemption, for example. This was probably due to hype surrounding the sequel that is rumored to be in development, as well as the fact that Red Dead Redemption performs better on Xbox One than it does on Xbox 360, just like Call of Duty 2.
If Xbox 360 titles continue to have sales boosts after being added to the Xbox One backward compatibility lineup, then we may see more blockbuster games like Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty come to the service at a faster rate. Of course, some games will probably never make it to backward compatibility, especially if the publisher has a remaster to sell, so that means gamers wanting the complete Call of Duty collection on Xbox One will probably have to purchase the Call of Duty 4 remaster this fall.
Regardless of what games come to the Xbox One backward compatibility lineup in the future, there are plenty of great games on the service now for players to relive, like Call of Duty 2. Call of Duty 2‘s improved performance on Xbox One should give gamers even more reason to check it out, but it’s worth playing anyway, as it is generally considered one of the best World War II games produced to date.
Call of Duty 2 is playable now on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7