Backward Compatability (Games and Peripherals)
The current generation of consoles already allows for backward compatibility for games. Xbox is certainly more open to it than the PlayStation, with a backward compatibility program that has seen many older titles made playable at no extra cost. All players have to do is insert their disc and start a download. Or, they can go to the online store and purchase the game right there.
Regardless, backward compatibility is quick and easy. PlayStation Now has older games in its library like Jak and Daxter, but it does not compare to the Xbox’s program.
When Microsoft announced the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards, an article from GameSpot went live. It detailed the console and an interview with Phil Spencer in which he revealed some features coming to the next console. One of them was that the current Xbox One controllers would work with Series X. The new controller has a few minor changes, like a share button, but it is relatively the same. There are also reports that the PS5 will offer backward compatibility with the DualShock 4.
Microsoft and Sony need to have backward compatibility for their games and peripherals. So, your controllers, chargers, headsets, and external hard drives should work for the next generation. This is an extremely pro-consumer direction, and it needs to be. Gaming is not cheap, and the more access people have, the better.