Call of Duty: Black Ops’ 14,000% Sales Increase is Proof Backwards Compatibility is a Big Deal
Sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Xbox 360 have increased by over 14,000% following it being added to the Xbox One’s roster of backwards compatible games, highlighting how the feature is proving to be a big deal for Microsoft.
While backwards compatibility was a frequently requested feature for current-generation consoles, many speculated that after Microsoft’s announcement that it would begin supporting Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, it would fail to attract a wide range of players looking to dive back into games from the previous console generation.
However, since Microsoft’s announcement that Treyarch’s blockbuster FPS Call of Duty: Black Ops would be added to the Xbox One backwards compatible list, the game has made its way to the top of Amazon‘s “movers and shakers” category, which highlights the games that have received the biggest jumps in sales ranks over the past 24 hours. At the time of this writing, Black Ops tops the list with a mammoth 14,250% sales increase, while the Xbox 360 Classics versions of the game is in the number two slot with a sales increase of 7,764%.
Black Ops is the very first Call of Duty game to be added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list, with it following the news that current-gen consoles are set to receive Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered, an overhauled version of the 2007 FPS classic.
It’s uncertain whether or not Microsoft plans to make more Call of Duty games backwards compatible in the future, though given the dramatic increase in sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops, it seems likely that this will be the case.