Saturday, November 24, 2007

Say Goodbye to Backwards Compatability Updates on the Xbox 360

It’s been quite awhile since Microsoft last updated the Xbox 360 backward compatibility list, and with their ‘Xbox Originals’ coming in exactly one week, it looks like the industry giant is putting an end to the ability to play Xbox games you already own on the 360… unless they’re already on the current backwards-compatibility list.

In case you haven’t heard about last month’s announcement of Xbox Originals, Microsoft will be re-releasing popular original Xbox titles on their Marketplace for $15 a pop. The initial titles announced to kick off this service will be a little game called Halo, the overlooked cult-classic Psychonauts, and the highly-successful action-RPG Fable.

Honestly, I think this is dreadful news. If you’ve been itching to play that copy of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath on your 360, it means you’re S.O.L…. until Microsoft charges you $15 to re-purchase it again on Marketplace. This goes for dozens upon dozens of other titles that are currently unplayable on the Xbox 360 without a backwards-compatibility update. Not only that, but the titles being released right now are actually more costly to download as digital files than to own the physical disc editions. Halo and Fable are both ‘Best of Platinum Hits’ releases, which means they retail for a paltry $9.99, and Psychonauts is pretty much universally cheap to own (I picked up a copy on clearance for a mere $5.50!).

I’ve never been a fan of digital distribution, and the more gamers eat up this nonsense the more widespread it’ll become.


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At 3:36 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

Wasn't Crash Bandicoot a Sony exclusive?

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Ross said...

The character itself is owned by Universal.

After Crash 3 though the series really went downhill (that's when Naughty Dog moved on to the Jak series).

At 9:46 AM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I hope Jak gets a remake on the 360or PS3. It was really one of those series along with Ratchet that was a great platform jumping franchise.

At 9:42 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Horrid news indeed! At least the managed to include Psychonauts in their final compatibility list...

At 3:53 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I would like to see a sequel to Psychonauts or a remake.


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