1. several potatos's Avatar
    (I've reread this many times and I've pared it down, but this is still long and slightly rambly, so apologies ahead of time)

    After playing many hours of Xbox 360 games on my Xbox One (via game streaming with Windows 10, because I'm *fancy*), I've come to the conclusion that the 360 emulator is going to be vital to the Xbox One's success, and Microsoft is going about it the right way. This conclusion has little basis in the quality of the emulator itself (which, by the way, is excellent), but in the behavior it brought out of me. In short, Xbox 360 emulation is about bringing in a huge catalog of games to Xbox One to sell to users, rather than to entice with previous purchases.

    See, last night I found myself searching the xbox 360 marketplace for cheap games in the hopes I'll get to play them in the future when emulation leaves beta. I felt like I was acting like I do when Steam has a sale. The idea of my hardware suddenly having so many more games was just SO enticing. I actually bought some $5 arcade games with NO proof that I'll be able to play them on my One (and yes, I'm ashamed).

    From my behavior, we can extrapolate that backwards compatibility will not be bringing in more money simply by encouraging more Xbox One console sales, but also by having more purchase options for avid users. A quick look at the 360 marketplace shows about 2000 games are available for purchase, which is fairly impressive if you imagine this suddenly all being compatible with the Xbox One (which I know won't be true because at least a few will be held back by license issues). This all gives us just about enough games for there to be Steam-esque sales, with gamers buying, say, Halo 3 for $1.00. All these games are already finished and on the servers, so this is all pure profit potential.

    Now, the big question is, what if we get OG Xbox emulation next? That'd add hundreds of more titles that Microsoft can sell again, giving much more profit potential per console with relatively little work. Sure, a good emulator will be tough to make, but not as tough as making another thousand games within a year. Heck, maybe they can throw in MSX emulation just to cheaply chase the money they can make from selling retro games for pennies on the dollar, and maybe making a slightly bigger dent in Japan (the MSX was highly popular in Japan).

    Gentleman, we may be looking at a HUGE boon for Xbox in general.
    Last edited by several potatos; 07-05-2015 at 04:34 PM. Reason: clarification
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    07-05-2015 04:30 PM
  2. peachy001's Avatar
    During the time prior to the launch of the One I was getting rather predictably hyped and giddy. My partner, ever the party pooper, asked what the point was of swapping out our working 360 for a One, particularly as we would no longer be able to play all the games I had invested money in. Common sense prevailed, and I got my One. After e3 I showed her the extra games that appeared. She was mighty impressed, and can't get off Keflings.

    And I have also kept my eye out for 360 game sales. The feature has some excellent potential for users and developers. Like you say, free money for them.
    07-05-2015 05:09 PM
  3. Ejay Lozano's Avatar
    Just can't wait to play my Capcom fighters once again, since xbone won't be getting SFV...
    07-05-2015 05:12 PM
  4. several potatos's Avatar
    During the time prior to the launch of the One I was getting rather predictably hyped and giddy. My partner, ever the party pooper, asked what the point was of swapping out our working 360 for a One, particularly as we would no longer be able to play all the games I had invested money in. Common sense prevailed, and I got my One. After e3 I showed her the extra games that appeared. She was mighty impressed, and can't get off Keflings.

    And I have also kept my eye out for 360 game sales. The feature has some excellent potential for users and developers. Like you say, free money for them.
    Is Keflings good? I don't quite understand what it is. Nice to see you again, by the way. You helped me get in the Preview Program. :)
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    07-05-2015 05:32 PM
  5. peachy001's Avatar
    I thought I had added you. Done quite a few around these parts. So busy since e3, the extended use of my phone has just about killed the battery.

    Keflings is OK, my gf loves it. I don't play it much, I get bored of it. Trials Fusion is my current passion. Although, Battle Block Theatre is nice on the backwards compatibility, I bagged it free as a game with gold. The opening sequence is great.
    07-05-2015 06:24 PM

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