When the next-gen video game consoles were first released upon the market nearly two years ago whether or not you purchased a PS4 or an XBOX One pretty much depended on personal preference and which games were available on which platform. Hardware and interface wise there wasn't really a standout amount of difference between them, except maybe for the casing of the lighter, less bulky PS4.
All that is set to change today however, as the New Xbox One Experience is rolled out for Xbox owners. Why is this so exciting you ask? Well because it introduces backwards compatibility to the Xbox One.
This is a pretty big deal to a lot of gamers as it means that Xbox One owners can now play their favourite Xbox 360 games on the next-gen console, eliminating the need to hold onto the older console itself. The backwards compatibility is being rolled out gradually, going live today with 104 classic Xbox 360 games now playable on the Xbox One.
You can find the complete list of all 104 games here, but here's a quick rundown of a few of our personal highlights.
- Assassin’s Creed II
- BattleBlock Theater
- Doom (1 - 2)
- Fable II
- Fallout 3
- Gears of War (1 - 4)
- Mass Effect
- Mirror’s Edge
- Perfect Dark
- Prince of Persia
- Rayman 3 [HD]
- Sonic The Hedgehog (1 - 3)
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Pretty sweet, right?
Mike Ybarra, Director Of Xbox Program Management, announced that new titles will be rolled out for backwards compatibility on a regular basis, including all three of the critically acclaimed BioShock games! Well it's about time.
So why isn't Sony doing the same?
There was some discontent in the fanbase when Bethesda announced their Fallout 4 preorder bonus; Xbox One players could get a free copy of Fallout 3 when they preordered Fallout 4 through the Xbox Store, but nothing of the same came out for PS4 gamers. Pre-ordering Fallout 4 for the Playstation got you only a "Fallout 4 garage theme", not a copy of the critically acclaimed Fallout 3. What gives Bethesda?
This wasn't some dig at Sony though, the reason we're not going to get to see Fallout 3 coming to the PS4 is because of the backwards compatibility issue. Bethesda VP Pete Hines responded to the issue via Twitter, stating: "ps4 doesn't support or plan to support backwards compat[ability]".
A few months back Sony also released a response to the question of when the PS4 is going to catch up with the Xbox One, and it was a disappointing response to say the least. Whilst Shuhei Yoshida, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment's world wide studios expressed a positive reaction to the Xbox One backwards compatibility, he clarified that this doesn't change Sony's approach anyway:
"The announcement didn't change. I don't think we will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn't have backward compatibility."
So if you want to play classics like Bioshock, Assassin's Creed II and Mass Effect it looks like you'll have to stick to the Xbox One/360 for now.