A couple of days ago I was severely disappointed when I saw Red Dead Redemption trending on Twitter, only to find out it’s because the BEST GAME EVER was available on Xbox One for backwards compatibility. It’s a great thing the game was playable, but man, I want that sequel announcement so bad.
Did you notice the use of the word ‘was’ in the paragraph above? It turns out the appearance of Rockstar’s popular Western was merely a mistake.
Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, commented sent this message out on Reddit to explain the error:
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.
It turns out getting the game to actually work on your Xbox One was a little fiddly, so it’s not a surprise it wasn’t legitimate. First you needed to find someone who is following the game and access it through them, because you couldn’t search for it in the store and then you needed to either purchase a digital copy, or use one you already owned. For those who purchased a digital copy just to play on Xbox One it set them back AU$49.95.
Ouch… here’s hoping it’s not too long until the Red Dead Redemption Xbox 360 discs so many of us own work on Xbox One.