Saturday, August 06, 2005

360 Backwards Compatible, Sorta

You know all those games you purchased for your Xbox? Good news, you'll be able to play (some of) them on your 360. According to Microsoft, "Xbox 360 will be backward compatible with the top-selling games on Xbox."

What does that mean? Well, I guess it means Halo and Halo 2 will work. But what about some of those sleeper titles that never gained mass market acceptance, but were still all around great games? Should Microsoft have spent the extra money to make the entire catalog of Xbox games were playable on the 360? Or is backwards combatibility overrated?



Blogger FuzzyDave said...

I don't think backwards compatability is overrated at all.

A gamer will spend hundreds of dollars on games, why should they become (virtually) obsolete whenever a new generation console is introduced?

Sure, the gamer will still have their old console to play on, but how long will it last before something breaks?

And why should a gamer have several consoles hooked up to their teevee?

It makes sense -- and good business, IMO -- for Sony, Nintendo and M$ to have a 1-generation backwards compatability on every new console they introduce.

One of the reasons I'm seriously considering buying a Revolution is because I'll be able to play all my GameCube games on it, while still being able to take advantage of the newer features of the console (like downloading ROMs of older games).

Great topic, Clu.

(oh, btw, I made a new Fuzzytopia link banner. Feel free to use it if you like it better than the old)

12:34 PM  
Blogger Kassi42 said...

I REALLY like backwards compatibility, but I think that it should work for all games. Some of my PS1 games wouldn't play in my PS2, for example, which was a hasstle when I ended up giving my PS1 to my brother. Greg and I don't own an Xbox, though, so I can only speak from experience with other systems.

1:05 PM  

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