If you’ve played with the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature yet in order to enjoy some of your Xbox 360 titles on the modern machine, you know the operation is a mixed bag. It’s convenient, it works well, but some games suffer performance issues.
The folks at Digital Foundry and Eurogamer did some dirty work and tested the major games currently available on the service. You can check out their full, wonderful write-up in the source at the base of this post. The basic gist? You’re gonna take the good with the bad, here.
They include this video.
The emulation, clearly, isn’t pitch-perfect. Take Mass Effect, for instance. DF hits that game at around the 7:20 mark in the video, and they clearly show framerate drops on the Xbox One version during combat. The same can be said for the likes of Gears of War 3, Gears of War 2 and Rainbow Six Vegas.
Then we have the likes of Halo Reach and Gears of War Judgment, both games standing at nearly unplayable thanks to performance issues.
On the flip side, titles like Condemned and Hydro Thunder actually play better on the Xbox One.
This isn’t a simple matter of stronger hardware getting better performance. It’s tough for the Xbox One to emulate the Xbox 360 thanks to a completely unique system architecture from the aging console. Microsoft is doing it, but we’ll need to take our lumps in order to enjoy the overall feature.