Microsoft is trailing far behind in the console market, with the Xbox One not selling in the same numbers as Sony's PlayStation 4. The reasons for that are myriad, but among them is Microsoft's unwillingness to embrace gamers from day one of the console. Since then the company has changed tactic and has arguably the best pro-gamer feature of the 8th generation of home console.
That's because the Xbox One is fully backward compatible with the Xbox 360, it predecessor and now discontinued game machine. Microsoft has not increased this feature further by announcing the Xbox One now supports multi-disc backward compatibility.
Along with the announcement Microsoft revealed the first multi-disc Xbox 360 game that is playable on the One, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut. The company also suggested it will be expanding this multi-disc support with other titles in the future:
“Yes, ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut' was the first multi-disc Backward Compatible title added to the program. We know fans were asking for this feature and our engineers worked hard developing a solution to enable it so we could further expand the titles included in Xbox One Backward Compatibility. We're continuing to listen to our fans on Xbox Feedback and work with our publishing partners to grow out library of Xbox One Backward Compatibility titles and will work to include more multi-disc games.”
Backward compatibility is an ace up Microsoft's sleeve as it looks to claw back market share from Sony. The Xbox 360 sold over 80 million units through its lifecycle and hundreds of millions of games … there are a lot of gamers with 360 games out there. These gamers can now play some of those titles on their Xbox One console, and the list of games is expanding.
The PlayStation 4 in contrast uses the PlayStation Now to let users download PS3 titles from the cloud, which means they have to purchase the game again.