First 104 Xbox One Backwards Compatible Titles Announced
They’re gonna take you back to the past…
Backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 titles on Xbox One? I loved the idea so much that it ranked among my Top 5 Moments from Microsoft’s E3 2015 Press Conference on PoisonMushroom.Org earlier this year. And after getting a small taste of it somewhere between then and now with Rare Replay, the official rollout of the new feature is nearly upon us with a launch date of November 12th as part of the “New Xbox One Experience.”
The first 104 games to take advantage of the feature have been named today, and while not in an easily-reprintable format, you can nonetheless find the list right over here.
From the press release:
Titles include blockbuster franchises like the Gears of War collection, Assassin’s Creed II, Fallout 3, Borderlands, and Castle Crashers. Beyond the 104 games announced today, there are hundreds of more games on the way, including all future Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles – all at no additional cost and no subscription needed. More titles are on the way, including fan favorites like Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops 1, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite and Skate 3.
Xbox One Backward Compatibility reflects our ongoing mission to create the best, most seamless gaming experience possible by putting gamers – and their feedback – at the center of everything we do.
I can’t help but think that the “no additional cost and no subscription needed” is something of a jab at Sony’s PlayStation Now program, which allows PlayStation 4 owners limited access to PlayStation 3 titles which they may or may not already own for a fee. Meanwhile, Sony has gone on to say that not only is the PlayStation 4 not backwards compatible beyond that, but nor should you expect it, either.
Which, if I must be honest, is a shame. Beyond the PlayStation 3 (which I don’t own), I do own a number of PSOne Classics that aren’t compatible with the new machine, either.
Meanwhile, my Xbox 360 is an original model and is getting on in years. After a lot of use, I’m not sure if it’s much longer for this world, and knowing that getting an Xbox One will allow me to continue playing the games from that library that I love without having to keep two rather sizable consoles (not counting those from others) on my rather un-sizable entertainment center, nor having to pay an added fee to access last generation’s games that I may already have.
You can find more details about Xbox One’s backwards compatibility in this post from Xbox Director of Program Management Mike Ybarra.
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