E3 2015: Xbox One gets native 360 backwards compatibility

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One of the biggest announcements of the night came straight out of leftfield, with Microsoft announcing that the Xbox One would be getting Xbox 360 backwards compatibility.

It’s really happening. Much like the Xbox 360’s own Xbox One compatibility, it’s being done through emulation, and requires compatibility to be coded in – but over 100 titles are being made available once the service goes live, and hundreds more will be coming.

This is exciting stuff, and is a big reason to upgrade to an Xbox One as opposed to a PlayStation 4 if you’re still carrying a large backlog of games. They’ve be available digitally, or you’ll even be able to pop your disc in and play your older games at no charge. That’s much better than a millokn and one last gen remasters that cost full sale price.

You’ll even be able to use Xbox One specific features, like grabbing screenshots and video. It’s an ace-in-the-hole that nobody saw coming, and it’ll certainly help sell Xbox Ones in regions that were Xbox 360 dominant.

Current Backward Compatible Titles

  1. Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  2. Banjo-Kazooie
  3. Banjo-Tooie
  4. BattleBlock Theater
  5. Defense Grid
  6. Geometry Wars Evolved
  7. Hexic HD
  8. Jetpac Refuelled
  9. Kameo
  10. Mass Effect
  11. Perfect Dark
  12. Perfect Dark Zero
  13. Small Arms
  14. Super Meat Boy
  15. Toy Soldiers
  16. Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  17. Viva Piñata
  18. Viva Piñata: TIP

Last Updated: June 15, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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