Backward Compatibility Announced for Xbox One

Xbox E3 2015 briefing

Gamers wanted it and Microsoft finally listened.

By Martin Pratt @martin8652

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, made a surprise announcement today (June 15, 2015) at the Xbox E3 briefing that Xbox 360 will be playable on Xbox One beginning this coming holiday season.

A total of one hundred Xbox 360 games will be available to play natively on the Xbox One this year, with many more to be added in the future.

Digital games already purchased will appear automatically in the players' game libraries, and retail discs will prompt a download of the game when put into the machine. The download system neatly bypasses the incompatibility between the discs used for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

A demo showing `Mass Effect~ running on the Xbox One highlighted how new console features would work on older games. Players will be able to take screenshots, play with their friends on Xbox 360 and stream the games on Twitch.

Perhaps most importantly, the backward compatibility of titles requires no effort for publishers or developers. They simply need to approve their titles and they will become available.

Titles Available Today

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • N+
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP
  • Zuma

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