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Red Dead Redemption's backward compatibility news jolts sales on Amazon (correction)

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Yesterday's announcement that Red Dead Redemption would (finally!) be made backward compatible on Xbox One sent the six-year-old game rocketing up the sales charts at Amazon.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the sales boost seen for Red Dead Redemption on The game leaped to the No. 26 position on Amazon's top sellers chart in the video game category, up from its old position of 1,544 the day before. The percentage increase that Amazon attributes to Red Dead Redemption's sales performance is based on the difference in its position in that leaderboard, not actual sales. The remainder of this post has been edited to reflect this.

Currently, Red Dead Redemption's Game of the Year Edition (which includes all of the downloadable content) is the No. 26 seller in Amazon's video games category. So what? Well, its old position was 1,544. In third place for that honor is regular Red Dead Redemption, carrying it from 690th on the chart to No. 55.

Red Dead Redemption was one of the most-demanded titles when Xbox announced its backward compatibility program at E3 2015 (later implementing it in November). The game was mistakenly made available on Xbox One back in February, which stoked even more enthusiasm for the open-world Western adventure from the makers of Grand Theft Auto.

Xbox One owners get their hot little hands on Red Dead Redemption on Friday, July 8. All Xbox 360 versions of the game are compatible on Xbox One. All you need is the game's disc, or to buy it from the Xbox Marketplace.

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