Red Dead Redemption appears as a backwards compatible title on Xbox One, but is removed shortly after
Since Microsoft announced their backwards compatibility program on the Xbox One much has been made of its simplicity, especially when compared to the best Sony can offer on the PS4, PlayStation Now, which appears to be some sort of digital streaming rental scheme. If you owned the game on the Xbox 360, just pop it into your Xbox One and it will be downloaded for play. If the game is on the list of backwards compatible games, that is.
Although there are over one hundred title on this list so far, there will always be demand for others. One such example is Rockstar's western classic Red Dead Redemption, an exemplary game from the last console generation (if you haven't played it, you really should). When the scheme was announced and Microsoft were tallying up the votes for which games were to go through the conversion process, Red Dead was in the top three requests, along with Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Left 4 Dead 2, and a host of Call of Duty titles.
When John Marston never showed up, a lot of fans assumed that Rockstar had put the kibosh on the whole endeavorr, but this weekend there was a glimmer of hope. A number of Xbox One users discovered the game was available to download, provided they already owned a digital copy of the game for the Xbox 360 (physical copies were not supported), and they located the game's store page via another user's profile. The below video details one of the methods used, and shows a chunk of gameplay - but be aware that the game is no longer available.
A number of other games also appeared in the same manner, including Left 4 Dead 2, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Halo Wars, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Alan Wake's American Nightmare. Sadly though, once realised, Microsoft issued a mandatory update that rendered the games unplayable. Xbox Live's director of programming, Larry Hryb, AKA Major Nelson, took to Reddit with the following statement,
"Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles. Due to an error, some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available. We have since removed access to those games, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We will have more information on upcoming releases soon."
All this comes after he announced last month that they would no longer be adding to the backwards compatible catalogue on a monthly basis, but as and when the titles became available,
"What this means for you is that you won't have to wait to find out the latest titles. We'll release whatever is available, when they're available, once each title has received the engineering and publisher stamp of approval."
When these games will actually be made backwardly compatible has yet to be announced, but hopefully it'll be soon. Giving gamers a taste of something, then taking it away, doesn't always go down very well - and by all accounts those that played Red Dead Redemption on their Xbox Ones said that it appeared to run just fine. So what's the hold-up?
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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