Talking Point: How Important Is Backwards Compatibility To You?© Microsoft

One of the big talking points here at Pure Xbox over the weekend has been backwards compatibility, with Microsoft recently announcing the Xbox Series X would support "all Xbox One games", before retracting its statement to confirm that while it's still in the process of validating, it can confirm "thousands" of games from across three generations of Xbox will be available at launch.

Meanwhile, Sony got off to a strange start earlier this week on the PS5 backwards compatibility front, suggesting that potentially only a hundred-or-so compatible titles would be available at launch. The company has since revealed it believes the "overwhelming majority" of PS4 games will be playable, but has kept suspiciously quiet so far on news regarding PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)

But here's the question — how do you feel about it? Both communities have been rife with opinions for years on backwards compatibility, with some suggesting it's a key feature of the Xbox One, and others questioning why you'd ever want to play older games on newer hardware. This writer happens to think it's an essential component of the Xbox Series X, but not everyone falls in that same boat.

And don't forget, it's not just about the ability to play Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. Backwards compatibility also includes the potential for enhanced versions of older games on Xbox Series X, such as the recent Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and HDR enhancements showcased by Microsoft and Eurogamer's Digital Foundry. Are these upgrades important to you, or is it time to move on and leave the past behind? Let us know in the comments.

Vote in our poll below and tell us how important backwards compatibility is to you.

How Important Is Backwards Compatibility To You On Xbox Series X?

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