You’ll see more Xbox 360 games on Xbox One on a regular schedule

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If you’re a fan of playing old stuff on newer hardware, then good news! You can finally stop screaming at your Blu-Ray player for not accepting betamax tapes (Just me?), and dip into the backwards compatibility function that’ll hit the Xbox One today as part of the new dashboard experience. So far, there’s 104 confirmed games on the way, with more being unlocked every month.

Games which will arrive on a “very regular schedule,” according to the Director Of Program Management For Xbox, Mike Ybarra.

Today, you can play a few classics, such as Mass Effect, Borderlands and Just Cause 2. However, the list is also noticeably absent of fantastic games such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

That library will be more populated in the months to come however, as Ybarra explained to GamesRadar that the Games With Gold platform could help add more games to the library. Including one very popular Halo title. “Halo Reach is top 5 in user voted feedback,” Ybarra said, “so obviously we’re looking at it.”

When we created Xbox One, we had statements around whether [backwards compatibility] was possible. We truly believed that at the time.

According to Ybarra, figuring out the emulation side of the equation wasn’t the trickiest hurdle. It was getting the games ready for a more social media-orientated console. “No game on 360 was ever really broadcast for mass consumption on Twitch or YouTube,” Ybarra said, explaining how the older games to need to have streaming, recording and screenshot functionality as well.

From a tech standpoint it’s a pretty broad approach, and we have a certification and a test process.

It’s still going to come down to developers and publishers, when it comes to seeing more 360 games greenlit. I can easily see this becoming a pre-order bonus, something that Call of Duty and Fallout have already done this year by offering up previous sequels as incentives for early purchases. Which kind of works, as it opens up the doors for other players to try their hand at a classic title or two.

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Until then, I’m still waiting for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Last Updated: November 12, 2015

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  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    No jrpgs..nothing….eh, shot to the heart.

    • Hammersteyn

      The West’s to blame,
      they give jprgs a bad name

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        Yeah, I blame Mass Effect…more like ASS EFFECT, crap game (not really lol)

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That game gives rainbows a bad name.

      • Thanks for the Bon Jovi song stuck in my head now :

        • Hammersteyn


      • You shut up!

  • GooseZA

    I just want Dark Souls and Red Dead Redemption.

    • miaau

      RDR will be pretty cool, yes.

      Deus Ex:HR as well.

      I suspect it will come soon, to try and hype the new Deus Ex in Feb

  • miaau

    So, just me whose Xbox One has not updated? I cleared more than enough room on the HDD, read online that the update was about 4gig, so plenty of space. What now?

    • miaau

      Hi. That was stupid.

      MS Xbox site says release data of update is 12/11/2015. Which is today, sometime. Who knows what time, in SA time? Hmm.

      Really, you should research and read more.

  • Bring RDR to the Bone and you’ll have more interest from me.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Haven’t you played it?

  • WitWolfy

    Asked my wife to turn on my console but still no update. I was on the preview program so my dash was already updated and inserted Assassins creed 2 to see if it would install. But nothing… any suggestions?

  • E Seminolus

    Er, what if I’m a fan of playing NEWER stuff on my new hardware?

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