Backwards Compatibility Not A Priority For Microsoft

Microsoft's head of the Interactive Entertainment business, Peter Moore, typically chooses his words carefully, and rarely makes the kind of outlandish statements that Sony's Ken Kutaragi seems to provide on a regular basis. However, in a recent interview on U.K. site Kikizo Moore issued some comments regarding the Xbox 360's backwards compatibility that immediately caused gamers to stir.

"Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility. We under promised and over delivered on that. It's a very complicated thing... very complex work. I'm just stunned that we have hundreds of games that are backwards compatible," he said.

Initially MS only promised that "top selling" Xbox titles would be playable on 360, but as time went on MS reps have stated that the ultimate goal would be to provide full backwards compatibility—something that competitor Sony seems to strive for in each console generation.

Moore's comments shouldn't be misunderstood. MS will be adding to its backwards compatibility list, but it hardly seems like a priority now that the 360 is hitting its stride and the original Xbox is getting less and less support. Moore added, "More [updates] are coming, but at some point, you just go, there's enough, let's move on, or people aren't as worried about a game being backwards compatible - and I like to think we've upheld our end of the bargain in making at least two or maybe three hundred games backwards compatible."

News source: GameDaily Biz

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