The Xbox One remains well behind the PS4 in terms of sales, but on November 12th the update known as the New Xbox One Experience will make Microsoft's platform the only next generation console with backward compatibility. The Xbox team recently revealed that gamers will be able to access and play over one hundred of their Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One - and Xbox One owners are eager to double or triple their game library.
Xbox One gamers aren't the only ones excited about the update. Microsoft and the Xbox team have been touting the update as a game-changer for the console, and in the weeks leading up to its release have been revealing details about how backward compatible DLC will work. Not to mention, their hopes for the place of 360 games this holiday season.
In an interview with Gamespot, Xbox's head of global marketing Aaron Greenberg discussed the Xbox team's hopes for the Xbox One's 2015 holiday season. The team believes that the 2015 holiday lineup is the best an Xbox console has seen since 2007, the year of Halo 3, Uncharted, and The Witcher. As Greenburg put it:
I think it is; and 2007 is definitely the one that we have referenced internally as a good comparison point. You get to that point where you get a couple years into the lifecycle; we have talked about when we launched Xbox One that we were going to invest in developing more games than we ever had in the history of our business. So as a first-party studio, we've made a lot of investements, and working with a lot of development teams to bring games to our fans; whether it's internal studios we own or publishing partners we work with around the world. So we're starting to see the fruits of that labor. It's just a really, really special year. It is the greatest games lineup I've ever seen at one place in time...
2015 features Halo 5, Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, a new Gears of War, and Rise of the Tomb Raider as new titles for Microsoft's current system. If that murderer's row isn't enough to bring in the remaining 360 holdouts, the New Xbox One Experience will aim to do the trick by bringing backward compatibility into the mix, and trigger what Greenberg hopes will be a "mass migration" to the newer console.
When you consider that the Xbox's 2007 holiday lineup featured yet-to-confirmed classics, and that 2015's is mostly the latest and greatest from tried and true blockbuster series, the Xbox One's lineup of 2015 may be the biggest any Xbox console has ever had. Though it's hard to imagine the Xbox One overtaking the PS4, the combination of big new games and the chance to play old ones should definitely add some significant numbers of the Microsoft audience in the months to come. If the lineup and the update aren't enough to get people off the fence, they're likely to remain there until the next generation.
The only puzzle piece missing at this point is a list of the backward compatible Xbox 360 games. If blockbusters from the past like BioWare's Mass Effect series are not among the supported titles, or if indie classics like Super Meat Boy or Mark of the Ninja don't make the cut, then many gamers are going to wonder what all the talk about backward compatibility was about.
Are the update and the lineup enough reason to pick up an Xbox One? Let us know in the comments.
The New Xbox One Experience arrives November 12th, 2015.
Source: Game Informer