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June 17, 2015

Microsoft Playing Tougher Game With Xbox One

Older Game Compatibility, Cheaper Price Shows Battle in Console Sales

Microsoft image — The Xbox One.

Sometimes a simple step backwards can be a major step forward.

Microsoft-logoMicrosoft seems to recognize this with its news that it will be, basically, retrofitting its Xbox One console to be able to play Xbox 360 games. This means gamers who haven’t been able to access some of their favourite games on the latest console will now be able to, once again, immerse themselves in the older console’s games.

As reported by Wired, Microsoft is also doing the smart thing by handling the change itself. This means developers and game publishers won’t be required to do anything different, all the changes required are being handled by Microsoft with just a simple software update.

It seems to be the latest round in the ongoing gaming console war. Microsoft was initially under fire when it brought the Xbox One console on the market with experts and gamers questioning the somewhat inflated price of US $500.

As time passed though, Microsoft seemed to take note of Sony‘s lower cost for its Playstation console with the PS 4, back in 2013, selling for about $100 cheaper than the new Xbox One.

However, as The Globe and Mail reported, a lot can change in almost two years and Microsoft has continually knocked dollars off its asking price for the new console with gamers now paying, roughly, US $50 less for an Xbox One than they do for Sony’s latest console.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.