Microsoft’s announcement that backwards compatibility for the Xbox One at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was not only an intelligent move from a fan service standpoint, but it has proven to be a strategic business model as well. With the Xbox 360 recently ending its long and illustrious run, the Xbox One has now become the premier way to play beloved franchises such as Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Crackdown, and Dead Rising just to name a few.
As gamers nostalgically thirst for titles from their past, they find the likes of Fallout 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops available for purchase yet again and available to play on their Xbox One. On the other hand, Microsoft patrons who did not get a chance to try out last-generation hits such as Gears of War or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, now have the chance to play them for the first time on the Xbox One console before purchasing their sequels. Either way you look at it, there are plenty of good reasons to incorporate backwards compatibility into gaming hardware.
One title that is certainly seeing a significant boost due to this feature is Red Dead Redemption. In fact, last generation title, Red Dead Redemption, has seen its sales jump over 6,000 percent since the announcement that the game would be playable on the Xbox One. Additionally, the Red Dead Redemption – Game of the Year Edition, which includes the fan-favorite Undead Nightmare expansion, is also experiencing a meteoric rise of over 1,500 percent.
This information comes from Amazon’s Movers & Shakers list, which tracks sales figures and ranks the games accordingly. It should be noted that these astonishing numbers only reflect Amazon’s sales rankings, and not the actual amount of units sold. Still, moving up more than 1,000 spots on the charts is no small feat by any stretch. It is certainly obvious that Red Dead Redemption is getting a major boost from the recent announcement that the title will be playable on the Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility.
The 2010 western shooter was the winner of numerous Game of the Year awards and was one of the most sought after titles in regard to Xbox One’s backwards capability. Both fans of the award winner, and those who have yet to try out the title from Rockstar Games, again have the opportunity to pick up Red Dead Redemption and play due to this recent announcement.
With the sequel – Red Dead Redemption 2 – rumored to be on the horizon, both fans and newbies alike may want to get their hand on this game, and in honor of Red Dead Redemption becoming playable on the Xbox One, Microsoft has made it even easier to purchase thanks to a sale running on the Xbox Live store. Fans of the franchise were potentially looking forward to Red Dead Redemption 2 making an appearance at this year’s E3, but since those rumors never quite came to fruition, gamers will have bide their time playing the original entry until more news surfaces.
Both Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption – Game of the Year Edition will be playable on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility on Friday, July 8, 2016.