A rather mindless decision by the part of Activision has been made official today with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare backwards compatibility being announced. This came out of the blue since we were all waiting for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to hit backwards compatibility as rumored.
While Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was not one of the most famous titles of the franchise, many fans may want to have it in their digital library (we can’t understand why would anyone want to do this but let’s just accept it). Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the last CoD title to receive a Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 version but only for its multiplayer part. If you felt like playing the campaign again then sorry but your request has been denied.
On the other hand if you owned Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on your Xbox 360 in the first place you get a 50% off discount to buy it on your Xbox One as well. You can say that’s a “value for money” option since you are stepping up from your 720p world of your last-gen console.
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 28, 2017
Apart from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sonic Adventure is also coming to Xbox One through backwards compatibility and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, which was earlier announced to the platforms’ backwards compatibility feature, is also finally available for digital purchase.
Even though actions like these are much appreciated for oldschool console fans, backwards compatibility doesn’t seem to be paying off for itself. According to the study published by Ars Technica, Xbox 360 Backwards Compatible games make up only a tiny percentage of overall Xbox One use. The study suggests that backwards compatibility does not factor much into the average game time on current gen consoles.
According to the study, only 1.5% of the time spent on Xbox One by its users is spent on Backwards compatibility. As you can see in the image below that shows how much is spent on which feature of Xbox One. Players spent 54.7% on playing Xbox One games, 16.6% watching Netflix, 14.1% on non-gaming apps.
Don’t forget the Call of Duty’s next title Call of Duty: WW2 is scheduled to launch on November 3, 2017, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.