There was a huge amount of fanfare back in 2015 when Microsoft released the first set of backwards-compatible Xbox 360 titles for the Xbox One. Although it was talked about a lot at first, the hype gradually died down. Even so, as more games have been announced over time, the excitement levels tend to rise and decrease with each ‘new’ release.
Backwards-compatibility has recently become a hot topic in the gaming community after a Sony executive slammed the feature, saying that it’s something that is asked for regularly but rarely ever used. Some folks pointed to the seemingly high levels of interest shown for the feature on Xbox One to prove that the exec’s comments weren’t completely accurate. This led to the folks over at Arstechnica to do some data analyzing, and the results are interesting.
Arstechnica dived into the Xbox Live userbase and was able to get data on about 930K Xbox Live users between late September 2016 and early February 2017. The data revealed that most Xbox One users, unsurprisingly, spend their time playing Xbox One titles. What’s the next most popular activity on the system? Watching Netflix. So then, what’s the activity with the least popularity? Well, that just so happens to be playing BC Xbox 360 titles.
Going by this report, it seems like Sony’s executive was right on the money when he said that the interest outweighs the engagement.
Do you use the BC feature a lot on your Xbox One, or are you usually just playing actual XBO titles instead?