There was a recent furor regarding Sony’s Jim Ryan’s statements regarding backwards compatibility. He basically said that it is a feature that is used by a very few people.
Well it appears Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Xbox, Mike Ybarra, has taken to Twitter to reply to Sony’s statement regarding backwards compatibility. According to Mike, players want backward compatibility, and it is Microsoft’s goal to ensure the community enjoy the best games from the past, the present and the future.
Jim Ryan, Sony’s head of global sales and marketing, stated in an interview that while backwards compatability is a highly demanded feature, it’s usage is very low. He said that players demand that this feature be included, but dont actually use it as much for Sony to be consider adding it.
Mike Ybarra replied to this statement, stating that he would have to ‘Disagree. We want gamers to play the best games of the past, current and future. Its what gamers have asked for’.
Recently, a 5 month study was conducted using a third party API to find out how much time Xbox players spent making use of backwards compatibility. The study supported Sony’s statement about the low usage of backwards compatibility. It was found that only 1.5% of the total time spent by Xbox users on the console is spent on playing games via backwards compatibility. Hence even though I hate saying this Jim Ryan perhaps had a point here.
Therefore, it implies that backwards compatibility may be a highly demanded feature, but its usage is far lower than we expected, which Sony is aware of. Sony has not totally turned its back on its older, classic titles though. Their game-streaming service, Playstation Now, allows players to classic and modern titles from all Playstation consoles.
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