I think tying online purchases to an account that carries over to the next system would be great for the consumer, but to reasonably expect such a thing or not you have to look at the issue a little deeper. What will the next console be like? Will it have the necessary hardware to ensure the old game is still playable, e.g. the necessary controller functions, online infrastructure etc?GAZBEROTTEN wrote: ↑Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:44 amThere are Xbox 360 indie games that are available on digital download. These titles, because they are available in digital download, could then be amended or have slight amendments made to the code so they could run on the Xbox One. This would then mean that those who owned the indie game from Xbox 360 could play it on their Xbox One and those on Xbox One could also purchase this. A lot of Xbox 360 indie games would still appeal to the newer generation of Xbox One players and could still make money. With indie games being a big thing nowadays its wouldn't be to hard to promote some of the best Xbox 360 indie games to people and still allow developers to sell existing and new indie titles which would also encourage more indie games to be produced.
I look after my old hardware as well but when you have a system clearly capable of playing older games and it not being used to its full potential then it limits the number of games available on that system which isn't good for anyone including the retro gamer who happens to be a fan and longtime supporter of that platform.
I do wonder how many people from Xbox 360 have not upgraded to the Xbox One. It does show though that Microsoft needs to be finding ways to get the Xbox 360 fanbase to jump to Xbox One and with Sony beating there competitor Microsoft in console sales, Microsoft needs to look further into issues like BC on the Xbox One and see if they can squeeze in a few more games to support. Granted more games get supported each month but if that amount rose more people from Xbox 360 would think you know what I could use a new system and some new games and if I get bored I can play my Xbox 360 ones too.
That would bring anyone over but sadly it simply isn't being done.
If the old game is to be re-sold to new gamers the division of the revenue between Microsoft and the developer, will they come to terms? A game deal allowing a game to appear on the 360 may not apply to the XBox One, and any exclusivity deal may have expired, could Sony or Nintendo make them a better offer to bring it over to their system exclusivly? Does the developer even still exist to OK it's appearance and sale on the XBox One or any system?
And of course with the re-sale of games you're straying furthere from ther concept of backwards compatibilty towards outright ports, which draws the usual "why pay again?" complaints, as well as the risk of market saturation.
I just looked up how many games 360 games are playable on the One, and according to Wikipedia it's 506 out of 2101, and roughly half of them seem to be XBLA games. That's nearly a quater of all the 360 games, I don't think that's bad considering the amount of potential hoops that may need to be jumped through. It doesn't seem to be enough for you but I think in order to fairly judge Microsoft on this we'd need a better idea of what it takes to bring all this about.
Additionally I'm still not convinced people are opting for PS4s over XBox Ones because the BC isn't up to scratch, I still think the new games are the main driver of a console's success when it comes to the game library.