Usually the world of video games is related to present. Every week new commercials, leaks or fake news appear that shake up arguments and suppress the opinions of those who dare to comment on the events that are happening day in and day out in our beloved video game industry. In such a context changing in which novelty prevails and in which we stop talking about a game a few days after its departure I wonder What is backward compatibility for? Is there an audience that is really enjoying these benefits or is this a “coin” to replace the arrival of new games?
In this context, the Xbox is clear, its ecosystem offers us a large number of games Xbox 360 and the original Xbox. Who also come (some) with free updates. Even so, few people consider this aspect to be important. As I said, in the general gaming community, only new releases are targeted, one after the other, month by month, without looking beyond a certain date and without considering big titles that can do more. than to measure. These people ignore a very large number of titles. Who knows if the game of your dreams came out in 2005, will you deny yourself that possibility?
It seems that polygons are no longer in fashion
And has the Xbox always been the new girl
Imagine an afternoon off, with nothing to play. You find yourself wandering between Twitter and YouTube and like a flash of light all of a sudden it looks like you’ve finally found a video that looks interesting. It’s a long, thoughtful analysis of a game that looks interesting. The title has personalization, RPG development, character relationships, decisions … perfect game, and above all it’s a saga: endless hours of pleasure to alleviate all your ailments.
You feel excited, faced with repetitive open world games, clones and lots of bugs, you’ve found a title that is finally waking up real curiosity in you. You want to try it, you have to satisfy all this emotion that now runs through your veins. So you do a quick Google search and, oh; go. It seems that the the game is not available on your platform, it turns out he was released it’s been 10 years. However, if they gave you good backward compatibility, you could buy the title (maybe used and at a ridiculous price) and just pop it into your console … wait, that sounds familiar to me …
Just insert a disc and play, which might …
For me, that’s the real value of backward compatibility: allowing players live the experiences lost in previous years, without depending on your device not breaking or offering you a regular remaster at full price. With backward compatibility, the user has more options, you’re more likely to find the next game to enjoy, and you’re sure to not miss out on gems from the past (and not so past) that you couldn’t play back then. You can choose what works best for you, what is always better and avoid depending a little less, as I said before, on business decisions.
However, this is not the only value for backward compatibility, since this service take good care of the nostalgic player. We know that the video game user likes to relive the games of his childhood and always returns to these works that saw him grow as a player. That is why we must strive for backward compatibility. In order not to depend on or wait for remasters that might never come and thus be able to have more freedom to play what you want when you want. Because that’s what it’s about, the options, choosing when you want to listen to the epic songs from the first Halo or lose you for Rapture in Bioshock.
I don’t want ray tracing. Give me sawn edges and a cute sound, man
And this is precisely what the company led by Uncle Phil offers us: options. In fact, next year a remastered collection of the legendary saga will go on sale. Mass Effect. Who can be found in your Original version thanks to the merger of EA Play with Game Pass, which brings many of the company’s games back to the most famous service of recent years. In this way, Xbox user will be able to choose
Because it is no secret that the Microsoft division has been striving for several years to offer its users more than enviable conditions and there weren’t a few players who were rooted in other platforms who started watching to see what is cooking on the other side. For these new players, backward compatibility is even more attractive this base, because it turns out that they can discover Xbox franchises, fostering the desire to take the plunge and change, to be able to enjoy all the games lost at the time.
Backward compatibility is an opportunity and we must seize it
As you can see the backward compatibility is fantastic and in my opinion Very necessary for the comfort and pleasure of the user. In this sense, it makes it possible to replay ancient glories or to discover jewels that could have gone unnoticed at the time. We also cannot forget the facilities offered to a new Xbox user. Since it allows you to enjoy hundreds and hundreds of games New for him.
For this reason, we have to be grateful and know how to value when companies do it well and give ourselves more options to enjoy this wonderful hobby of video games. And Xbox does, offering its past and present to any gamer keen to find out. To do this, the user only has to ask a simple question, asking a question which, once resolved, will open the door to a world of possibilities. The question is: What do I want to play next?