Our analysis used a third-party API to randomly sample usage data from nearly one million active Xbox One Gamertags over a period of nearly five months starting last September (read the introductory piece for much more about the data and methodology). In the end, only about 1.5 percent of the more than 1.65 billion minutes of Xbox One usage time we tracked was spent on the 300+ backward-compatible Xbox 360 games, in aggregate. That translates to an average of just 23.9 minutes per sampled active Xbox One user spent on Xbox 360 games out of 1,526 average minutes of Xbox One usage during the sampling period.
Things don't look better for backward compatibility when you look at individual games. The most popular backward-compatible title in our sample, Call of Duty: Black Ops, was played by three or four out of every 1,000 active Xbox Live users, which is actually competitive with some of the most popular Xbox One titles. Usage rates for less-popular games drop off steeply from there, though, and no other backward-compatible title even ranks in the top 100 most popular Xbox One apps in terms of total unique users.
All of these sources of potential error make us uncomfortable using our data to directly extrapolate total sales or usage numbers for the entire Xbox playerbase. The numbers and ratios presented in this report should only be considered representative, sampled estimates of the online portion of the Xbox community, which could be significantly different from the total community of Xbox owners. You can try to multiply out our percentages by reported hardware sales numbers if you want, but we wouldn’t stand behind that extrapolation.
This is interesting. I, for one, love the idea of BC and would love it if the PS4 had it. Mainly, because there are PS3 games I missed out on being an X360 guy last gen. And if I owned an XBO, most of my gaming would probably be with BC because... what else am I going to play on that system besides Halo Wars 2? (sick MS burn) That, and I've had the itch to play some SSX and Burnout lately and those games only exist in last gen.
Anyhoo... those of you who own XBO's... how often do you use BC? Is this chart accurate in your experience? And regardless of its utility, I'm glad XBO has it. It is seen as a worthwhile feature and puts pressure on Sony to do something to counter it. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.