Xbox One Backward Compatibility For Original Xbox Coming This Year

13 October, 2017, 07:36 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Reuters  MARIO ANZUONIPhil Spencer now head of Xbox for Microsoft speaks during the Xbox E3 Media Briefing at USC's Galen Center

When Microsoft officially unveiled the Xbox One X at E3 over the summer, I asked a straightforward question: Who exactly does Microsoft expect to pay $499 for a 4K Xbox One? High on the wish lists of both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users is crossplay across the two consoles. With the Xbox One X set to debut later this year, bringing native 4K gaming, the software giant is reminding consumers that there's a more affordable option in the Xbox One S. While the Xbox One S doesn't do 4K gaming, it can stream 4K and HDR content, if that's all what you're interested in.

First, he had this to say about cross-play. "It's like when we built the Xbox One Elite controller, we didn't try to say to everybody, 'If you need an extra controller, go buy the Elite controller.' We sold a ton of those controllers. Their number one form of entertainment, and we want to give them the very best experience". Spencer, though, has kind words to say about Nintendo. The executive acknowledged that with such positioning it is "hard to do that with gamers".

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Such a setup of premium gaming was so far typical to the PCs, but now consoles are also joining in. Sony, however, has generally been unforthcoming, and seems to be the sole reason why Xbox and PlayStation gamers can not play together as of yet. Many were assuming that Microsoft were pitching the Xbox One X as the successor to the Xbox One, and would therefore have a slew of games waiting in the wings for its release, but if they believe that its sales won't compare to those of the Xbox One S then where has the support been for the console throughout 2017? "So we're giving gamers a choice". As Phil Spencer said in the interview, there are plenty of games that will be compatible that haven't even been announced yet. "If it's better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn't go do this, especially when you're trying to make the gaming business a bigger business; grow it, get more games, create more opportunity", he said. "I feel really good", he said.

Whether the Xbox One X is powerful enough to do this with Xbox titles we don't know, but if we're going to be playing Crimson Skies on a a60-inch 4K television, we're hoping for some kind of resolution and aliasing solution.

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