Mike Ybarra Responds To Jim Ryan on Backwards Compatibility Comments

The official press conferences will only go on until June 12 when Sony takes the stage, but Nintendo has guaranteed a few of their own reveals with a special E3 Direct on the morning of June 13. This provided access to user stats along with a list of games and apps played on current-gen and last-gen consoles over the course of six months starting last September. The same happened previous year for the Xbox One when the console got the price cut before Microsoft revealed the Xbox One S. Unfortunately, it appears, the deal is applicable on the Xbox On S in the US.

E3 is among the biggest in the gaming calendar, and this year will also be open to 15,000 members of the public, who will be able to visit the various booths at the Los Angeles Convention Centre to play the upcoming titles announced during the show.

Whatever the truth may be behind the backward compatibility feature on the Xbox One, the fact remains that an Xbox 360 game breaking into NPD's monthly top 10 when Call of Duty: Black Ops II received backward compatibility is not an easy feat.

The presentations by major publishers are highly anticipated every year, with United Kingdom gamers willing to stay up late in hope of that one big reveal. If this data is to be believed, then it's possible that they are actually right and cutting the optical drive from the PS4 was a smart cost-cutting measure.

Mike Ybarra Responds To Jim Ryan on Backwards Compatibility Comments

In fact, in a recent interview with TIME, head of Sony's global marketing and sales, Jim Ryan, revealed that while backward compatibility is one of the highly requested features, players don't actually use them that much.

Ars Technica's report showed that Xbox One owners largely ignore backward compatible games. The console also boasts a custom-designed GPU with 6 teraflops of power, a 1TB hard drive, HDMI 2.0, and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, similar to the one present in the Xbox One S.

"I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?"

On the subject of backwards compatibility, two things have become blatantly obvious as of late. But even that powerful force seems like it loses its sheen over time as new releases steal their thunder (and compete increasingly for your time).

  • Arturo Norris