Xbox One sales in the United States rose 51% in June 2015 compared to June 2014. Sales jumped an even healthier 79% during the week of E3. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. “June was a good month and I think backward compatibility matters,” he said. “Lots of Xbox 360 owners are deciding when to make the jump; Xbox One backward compatibility is a big focus for us.”
Spencer’s comments match up with those from Microsoft CFO Amy Hood. Speaking during Microsoft’s recent earnings presentation, she said the Xbox platform is “building momentum” thanks to backward compatibility and the company’s lineup of exclusive games for this holiday.
It’s not just Microsoft that is looking forward to Xbox One backward compatibility. Major industry players GameStop and Ubisoft have both spoken out to praise Microsoft’s decision to introduce the feature, which is currently in testing and will roll out to everyone this fall. Microsoft says there will be “hundreds” available later this year, though the current lineup is not that extensive. Backward compatibility would help lessen the anxiety some people may feel if they are on the fence about upgrading from an Xbox 360 to an Xbox One. So far Sony has said it has no plans to introduce backward compatibility for PlayStation 4.