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XBOX Backward Compatibility isn't as Popular as Gamers Believed it Would Be

Remember that time... (insert cloudy flashback here)... when the Xbox One and PS4 were announced, and it was said that Backward Compatibility with the previous generation consoles would not be available... and then gamers went up in rage until Xbox said it would available on the Xbox One...???

Well, the stats are in. An Ars Technica report reveals that all the excitement might have been for nothing. Only 1.5% of Xbox One owners spend time playing Xbox 360 games on it.

Microsoft said in late 2015 that Xbox One users had spent nine million hours playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One in its first month or so of availability. That may sound like a big number, but it averages out to just a few minutes of playtime for each of the tens of millions of Xbox One owners out there. In our sample, Xbox Live users on Xbox One averaged about 23.9 minutes with backward compatible games over 4.5 months.

The sampling done in the report is from September 2016 to February 2017, and COD: Black Ops appears to have been the most popular Xbox 360 game on the Xbox One. According to the report, even if you add up all the hours spent on hundreds of Xbox 360 games, it doesn't even compare to half the time spent on GTA V for the Xbox One.

It would therefore appear that the Backward Compatibility was a luxury we simply wanted for nostalgic reasons rather than for any practical purpose. Do you agree or disagree? How do you feel about Backward Compatibility and do you still play old games on your current-gen console? Let us know.

Source: Kotaku

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