Microsoft to Offer Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One for Some Xbox 360 Games

Posted on June 15, 2015

Microsoft is going to make the Xbox One backwards compatible so it can play Xbox 360 games. It is a smart move that gamers will appreciate. Some Xbox 360 titles will be playable on the Xbox One starting June 15 with more titles added this fall when the program officially launches.

GeekWire reports that Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced at the E3 video game convention, "Your Xbox 360 games, the games you've invested your time and money in, and the games you want to continue to play, will be playable natively on your Xbox One. Our goal is to deliver the largest games catalog ever on Xbox, and Xbox One backward compatibility allows us to do just that."

Microsoft says in the announcement, "The digital titles that you own and are part of the Back Compat game catalog will automatically show up in the 'Ready to Install' section on your Xbox One. For disc-based games that are a part of the Back Compat game catalog, simply insert the disc and the console will begin downloading the game to your hard drive. After the game has finished downloading, you will still need to keep the game disc in the drive to play."

A list of the initial available Xbox 360 games can be found here. Some of these titles include Mass Effect, Perfect Dark, Super Meat Boy and Viva Pinata.

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