Hip hip! Hooray!
Okay, that’s enough. Something magical happened at E3 this year that has many people excited, and some furious. During their E3 press conference, Microsoft announced one of, if not the most, anticipated feature for the Xbox One console (wait for it) … Backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games! According to Microsoft’s Xbox website, “Now you can play a growing number of your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. With over 100 titles slated for this fall, and hundreds more added every month, Xbox One is now the best place to play your Xbox 360 games. Experience the greatest games lineup in Xbox history—exclusively on Xbox One.”
The feature is currently in beta starting June 15th, and a full release can be expected this fall. The current list of games includes:
- A Kingdom for Keflings
- A World of Keflings
- Alien Hominid HD
- BattleBlock Theater
- Defense Grid
- Geometry Wars Evolved
- Hexic HD
- Jetpac Refuelled
- Mass Effect
- Perfect Dark
- Perfect Dark Zero
- Super Meat Boy
- Toy Soldiers
- Toy Soldiers: Cold War
- Viva Piñata
- Viva Piñata: TIP
Obviously more games will be made available as time goes on. Additional features also include:
- Keeping your game saves, game add-ons, achievements, and Gamerscore,
- Enjoying the features of your Xbox One like Game DVR, Screenshots and Windows 10 streaming,
- Ability to play multiplayer with your friends no matter which console they’re on, and
- Available at no additional cost, so you don’t have to pay to play games you already own.
This is all will and good, but what about those who sold their Xbox 360’s to upgrade to an Xbox one who had a massive collection of games? Those people, unfortunately, got screwed over. If you happened to listen closely during Microsoft’s E3 press conference, you could have heard both cheering, and screaming. My heart goes out to you on the latter. Overall, this is welcomed, and frankly, overdue news.
I understand that the current list is limited. Halo isn’t even on the list! Luckily Microsoft is allowing you to vote for which games should be added to the list of backwards compatible games. They are not promising every title will be made available, so if you want any hope of being able to play your favorite games, I urge you to go out and vote for them!