Why I love backwards compatibility – Reader’s Feature

Backwards compatibility – everybody wants it, nobody uses it?

A reader makes the argument for backwards compatibility and explains why he thinks it’s such an important feature for all consoles.

When mentioned, backwards compatibility creates a serious discussion and is often met with many different views. However, there are a substantial number of advantages in having this feature on games consoles and PC.

Through each generation, we have seen many games that have exceeded original expectations and become quite popular with gamers. Examples of this are the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 library of games. Many games from each of these formats have actually sold really well, including publishers who did not expect to see as many sales and pre-orders of certain titles. With backwards compatibility, you can play your favourite last gen games on your new console, or PC, which also brings me to the following points.

Upscaling technologies for graphics and sound can be used to gain vast improvements in certain games, and bring new life to some of the old games not available on the new systems like Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And to bring superior re-enjoyment of a game you loved and still love now.

The convenience of not having to have multiple systems covering up space on your TV stand, and making a good impression when you can play great classic games on your new system, just looks good in front of friends. And even a classic game can look great on a newer TV with better technologies, allowing you to enjoy a lot of popular games for old formats on a new system. This also saves a great deal of inconvenience in having to use an old TV as well.

Expansion of the games library is a further advantage of having backwards compatibility. This opens up a lot more games available to play to the gamer, and allows them to build their libraries – enjoying previous titles from a franchise that they have not had the chance to play or own and enjoy. This gives greater choice…

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