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Microsoft Announces Backwards Compatibility On Xbox One

Microsoft really has been listening to their fans’ wants and needs. At their E3 press conference on Monday, head of Xbox division Phil Spencer came on stage and dropped a bombshell that nobody was expecting: Xbox 360 games will be playable on Xbox One.

Xbox 360 games will run natively on the console, with users using their existing retail disks to get a downloadable copy. One hundred games are expected to be supported when the service launches this holiday season.

While it’s disappointing that not all Xbox 360 games will be supported initially, this announcement represents a huge advantage for Microsoft, as their main competitor Sony has yet to release any form of backwards compatibility on their latest console, the PlayStation 4.

[Update]: According to Microsoft, these will be the first games that will work on the service:

  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Small Arms
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP

That’s a really small list, but at least it’s a start.

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)