Microsoft’s decision to install a backward compatibility feature on the Xbox One has gone on to be one of the strongest selling points for the console. This has been praised by both fans and critics of the console. Older games that have been added to the list of the backward compatibility has seen a boost in their sales.
With the recent confirmation that Grand Theft Auto 4 would be added to the backward compatible library for Xbox One, a dramatic spike in sales for the title has been seen. Rockstar’s GTA 4 peaked nearly 8000% on Amazon. Sales for the Xbox 360 version of GTA 4 along with its two expansions in the Episodes of Liberty City pack is up by 4536% What is even more remarkable is that 2008 open world crime release has reached 7696%.
The successful sales resurgence of Grand Theft Auto 4 is no major surprise as the open world title is believed to be one of the top games of the last generation of Xbox 360 and PS3. Those who have not yet experienced playing GTA 4 will get their hands on the game to play it on Xbox One. Another reason for the stellar sales is that new gamers would want to try GTA 4 along with the two DLC packs as a lot of fans had ranked The Lost and The Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony to be among the best of DLC expansions of all time as reported by GameRant.
The Xbox One’s backwards compatibility service came out in 2014 after it was announced at E3 of that year. Since then, it has become one of Microsoft’s major successes. Lately, the service has released major video game hits such as Red Dead Redemption with the latest being Grand Theft Auto 4 as reported by SegmentNext.