PC Gaming Helped Drive Xbox to Backwards Compatibility

In addition to discussing what’s in store for Microsoft’s VR plan and Scorpio design goals, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talked about how his gaming background helped form the push for backwards compatibility on Xbox One.

“…I grew up as a PC gamer, and the thing I love about the PC ecosystem is I can still go boot up Age of Empires 2 and I can go play that game,” Spencer said in an interview with Gamasutra. “It’s funny, I was looking at the World Video Game Hall of Fame, there’s like Solitaire and Donkey Kong….but…console has this construct that actually makes it hard to go back and play some of those old console games. Because the format is so tied to the hardware itself.”

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