Even with the deluge of remasters that the first few years of this generation has seen, getting backward compatibility to work on the Xbox One was a pretty popular move by Microsoft. With the addition of the BioShock trilogy to the roster, there’s now over 300 Xbox 360 games that you can simply pop into an Xbox One and play.
The sneaking suspicion is that nobody really cares about backward compatibility, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer has made a pretty bold claim about its success.
Now over 300 back compat titles. Nearly 50% of XB1 owners playing BC games is great to see. Thanks for supporting the program.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 13, 2016
Of course, you need to take that figure with a pinch of salt. This isn’t people playing games daily, but quite likely just that 50% of Xbox One owners popping in a disk to see what’s what or giving an old favourite a quick whirl when it pops up as part of Games with Gold.
Feel free to get angry about the imprecision of his quoted statistic in the comments below, but getting half of their entire audience to engage with a feature even on the most superficial level shows that it’s been worth it. Interest and use has almost certainly spiked when huge sequels like Red Dead Redemption 2 have been announced and the originals are available to play.
Source: Phil Spencer