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Podcast: Back to the Future (Backward Compatibility Part 2)

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This week Jam and Fred are joined by Austin to discuss the more recent implementations of backward compatibility.  From the software-based 360 to the pure hardware based Wii and of course the Playstation 3 falling somewhere in between.  Then the group move on to this generation and the myriad of adapters that attempted to force back compat on consoles that were never designed for it.

Song List:

Break 1: Big Blue from F-Zero (SNES)

Break 2: The Boy’s Got Wings from Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (TG-CD)

Break 3: Splash Wave from Outrun (Arcade)

Closing: Main Theme from Odin Sphere (PS2)

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Written by Fred Rojas

August 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

Backward Compatibility on the Xbox One: How’s the List?

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It’s almost time.  That famed firmware coming November 12, 2015 to the Xbox One that not only brings NXE (New Xbox Experience/Windows 10) but also backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games.  Honestly many users will never use this feature, despite what Microsoft marketing has you believing.  Then again, this seems to be the first generation where many of my friends straight up sold off last gen’s console and entire library to help fund their newest purchase, so who knows.  Either way you will soon be able to play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One, which will broaden the library of games you can play and hopefully see you returning to the classics that graced last generation.  Oh wait, there’s a catch.  You don’t get every game from the Xbox 360 and in fact you don’t even get 10 percent of every game released – digitally as well as at retail – but rather a list of exactly 104 titles available at launch.  If you didn’t see a long list of games you don’t intend to ever replay coming, then you probably don’t have much experience with how things like this work.  Now given how well the backward compatibility fared on the Xbox 360 for original Xbox (a good majority of the games were eventually playable in some form) we may very well see an impressive list spawn but for now there are only a strong handful of games worth boasting about.  They are all long games though so you could probably kill about six months trying to replay what will be available.  As of this morning the official list is out, I personally have been using the feature for almost six months, and the following article will tell you how it works, what to expect, and give my take on what games are worth utilizing this feature for.

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Written by Fred Rojas

November 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

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