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E3 megaton: Microsoft announces Xbox One backwards compatibility [UPDATE]

Jonathan Lester
E3 2015, Microsoft, Xbox One

E3 megaton: Microsoft announces Xbox One backwards compatibility [UPDATE]

Microsoft has announced that you'll soon be able to play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.

Yes, really.

Phil Spencer announced the new feature during the Xbox media briefing, which functions a little differently to how you'd expect. Microsoft plans to release digital versions of every Xbox 360 game they can (pending the specific publisher's permission), which are all natively compatible with Xbox One features like Broadcasting and multitasking.

If you've ever bought one of these games on Xbox 360, you'll instantly be able to download the corresponding Xbox One digital version and play it. If you have a retail disc, insert it and you can then download the game from there. Cross-platform multiplayer will be supported too!

It's a massive step for Microsoft and a huge headline in general. The only issue we can see is that publishers have to okay it, meaning that we may well see omissions if there are HD re-releases out.

UPDATE: Microsoft have released an FAQ with more details about the service. 18 backwards-compatible games will be available as part of the next preview update, followed by 100 at launch. It also supports cloud saves, though many Xbox 360 games sadly didn't.

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Late  Jun. 15, 2015 at 18:52

Fantastic news.

But. But. But we were told it was a physical impossibility!

JonLester  Jun. 15, 2015 at 19:00

@Late: Well technically it is! :D Microsoft are basically re-releasing new versions of Xbox 360 games to download via Xbox Live. Whether you can download them for free depends on if you've bought them on Xbox Live before or have a disc to put in the drive.

Tsung  Jun. 15, 2015 at 19:23

Amazing... I feel sorry for ALL THOSE Xbox360 owners who sold their console + games to fund their xbox one purchase :P

"greatest games lineup in Xbox history" Well they were right, they are releasing the greatest games in Xbox History :D

Late  Jun. 15, 2015 at 19:56

Yeah, I'm slightly regretting selling all of those old games. Hundreds of the buggers.
That said, it shouldn't be terribly expensive to pick up a few select games on 360 (though those low game prices might be about to go up a little) - and I might now actually get round to playing some of those 360 games I've not yet looked at. (Some in cellophane, some digital, and lots of GWG).

My post may contain assumptions and inaccuracies. I know little about how this scheme will work. I haven't had a chance to see the presser yet.

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