Xbox head Phil Spencer confirms over Twitter that the company is working on a solution to make Xbox 360 games available for purchase on the Xbox One Marketplace.
With backward compatibility reigniting interest in the back catalog of the Xbox 360, Xbox Head Phil Spencer admitted that fans have been asking for a way to purchase Xbox 360 games directly from the Xbox One Marketplace. In response to a fan over Twitter, Spencer confirmed that the engineering team has heard these requests and is currently investigating potential solutions to bring this feature to the console.
While backward compatibility makes playing any pre-approved Xbox 360 games incredibly easy for Xbox One owners, especially if the games were purchased digitally, the current system to buy additional games is not up to that same level of ease. As it stands now, any Xbox One users who want to purchase any of the 100 currently compatible Xbox 360 games can only do so through a browser and heading to Xbox.com.
Many third party companies have jumped on board Xbox One’s backward compatibility feature by offering older games as a bonus for purchasing new titles on the Xbox One. Most recently, purchasing Fallout 4, Rainbow Six Siege, and Just Cause 3 on the Xbox One, would give players access to the previous titles in each franchise respectively through a download code. Gears of War Ultimate Edition took this a step further by offering all four games in the franchise to gamers who pick up the title and play it prior to the end of December 2015.
Backward compatibility took many fans by surprise when it was announced during Microsoft’s E3 press conference earlier this year. The feature went live for members of the preview program, but general access just launched a few weeks ago with the November Dashboard overhaul and has proven to be a welcome addition among Xbox fans.
While Sony has not introduced a similar system for PlayStation 4 players and probably won’t in the near future, the company did reveal a new PlayStation 2 emulation feature that will allow players to purchase released titles right from the PlayStation Network Store. Despite Microsoft’s initiative to create a backward compatibility system, Sony devastated Microsoft in overall Black Friday sales, after slashing the price of the PlayStation 4.
How do you feel about backward compatibility in this day and age? Are you happy with Microsoft’s approach so far? Would you like to see Sony add a similar functionality into the PlayStation 4? Let us hear your thoughts down in the comments.