Developer Bethesda Game Studios' fantasy-RPG The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion joins the ever-growing list of titles for Xbox One's backward compatible program.
Ever since Microsoft used its press conference at E3 2015 to reveal Xbox One's backward compatibility feature, fans of the console have been reaping the benefits of playing games of yore on the current generation platform. Now, Xbox One owners have yet another fantastic title to experience for the first time or all over again, as Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion has been added to the program's ever-expanding list of games.
Not too long ago, fans speculated that Oblivion would be making its way onto Xbox One's list of backward compatible releases, especially after the open world Bethesda title and Activision's first-person shooter Modern Warfare 3 got unofficially listed as being a part of the feature. Interestingly enough, while The Elder Scrolls 4 becoming backward compatible for Xbox One will surely excite fans, it won't be coming to the console alone, as Microsoft has announced three other titles as well.
Alongside Oblivion being added, Trine 2, Medal of Honor: Airborne, and AstroPop are now playable on the Xbox One too. With this being the case, those who already own any of these games digitally should have them show up automatically in the Ready to Download list on the system. Of course, fans can also purchase them through the Xbox Store or use the physical disc to play the titles by simply putting it in the system.
November's backward compatible program for Xbox One has been an incredibly fruitful month for gaming fans, for not only can they now play Oblivion on the platform, but also BioWare's Mass Effect 2 and 3 were added to the lineup. With the list continually adding such major titles with little acknowledgement beforehand, it's anyone's guess as to which could be incorporated next.
The decision to have such significant releases make their way onto Xbox One's backward compatibility list is certainly one that has benefited both gamers and Microsoft itself. For instance, the company's current console outsold the PS4 on Black Friday, and such a feat was likely due in part to backward compatibility being a featured component of the system.
Taking all of this into account, as shopping for the holidays continue, it will be interesting to see if Xbox One is able to maintain its monthly hardware sales reputation above Sony's PlayStation 4. Should Microsoft look beyond Oblivion to add even more of the top games from the last generation to its backward compatibility list, the Xbox One has a decent shot at closing the rather wide sales margin between it and the PS4.
The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is now available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One via backward compatibility.