Xbox One Xbox 360 Backwards Compatible Support Coming. PS4 Will Not Counter (E3 2015)

Xbox One will be getting Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility support this holiday! FOR FREE! That’s right, if you own any digital or physical Xbox 360 games, you will be able to re-download them on Xbox One free-of-charge!

Here is Larry Herb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, discussing how Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One will work.

Right now the Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility will only work for Xbox Preview Program Members. 21 Xbox 360 games have already been added right now, for Preview Members only, but over 100 will be available when the Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility service rolls out for everyone “this holiday”.

Sony’s PS4 Response to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

So what will Sony do about this news? Will the PS4 get Backwards Compatibility with PS3 games added? Or will PlayStation owners have to settle with the pay-only “PlayStation Now” subscription service?

“PS4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility. The technology involved must be very challenging. Backward Compatibility is hard. I won’t say we’ll never do it; But if it was easy, we would have done that.” – Shuhei Yoshida of Sony

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida stated, “I don’t think us at Sony will change our approach. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility.”

He said Microsoft’s new announcement regarding Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility on the Xbox One was “interesting” and added, “The technology involved must be very challenging. Backward Compatibility is hard. I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy, we would have done that.”

He added, Sony will focus on “new features & services” for the PS4 instead of Backwards Compatibility.

This will come as a big bummer for PS3 owners looking to upgrade or for PS4 owners with large PS3 game collections.

However Sony has not ruled out Xbox One-style Backwards Compatibility for PS4 entirely… If Sony fans make enough noise, anything is possible.

Check out this video of the Xbox One Backwards Compatible Feature at Microsoft’s E3 2015 Press Conference.

How Xbox One Backwards Compatibility With Xbox 360 Works

Simply go to “My Games” and then select “Apps” and you will be able to download any digital Xbox 360 games that are connected with your GamerTag. Any saved game progress from the cloud will also carry over instantly.

Digital games that are already there for you to download will be found all the way to the right under “Your Games” and listed under “Ready to Install”.

If you put a physical Xbox 360 disc in, the Xbox One will automatically download the required file to play the game.

However you must keep the Xbox 360 disc in the Xbox One system to continue playing (for obvious reasons). Just like if you were playing a physical disc version, which is what this new feature is emulating.

Your Xbox 360 Achievements for Xbox 360 games (and Gamerscore) carries over and will now appear alongside your Xbox One Achievements, with the same layout. You get the original Xbox 360 Achievement image as well, but done in the larger Xbox One-style. All other pertinent information like the name of individual Achievements and the date it was earned, is also there.

What’s cool is that the entire UI from Xbox 360, the in-game Dashboard (or “Xbox Guide”) with it’s blades, remains fully intact, and all of it functions. You can send messages, chat, see your Achievements, etc. just exactly as if you were playing on an Xbox 360.

But now you could SNAP that window and watch TV using the Xbox One at the same time while you continue to play Borderlands if you want!

Certain games will get a slight boost in graphics when played on Xbox One, but for the most part Xbox 360 games will remain the same on Xbox One.

However all online features will be kept alive and continue to work (huzzah!). Which is AMAZING for all of those Xbox 360 games that have large online communities, or for fans who were scared that they would be turned offline in the next year or two.

All Xbox One features will also work on Xbox 360 games, including GameDVR, Screenshots, Broadcasting and the upcoming Game Streaming with the Windows 10 “Xbox On Windows” App! Very nice!

Here are the 21 Xbox 360 games that will work on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility right now. Over 100 will be added by holiday 2015 with “hundreds more” promised over the coming years.

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Xbox 360 Games That Work On Xbox One

(June 18, 2015)

1. A Kingdom for Keflings
2. A World of Keflings
3. Alien Hominid HD
4. Banjo-Kazooie
5. Banjo-Tooie
6. BattleBlock Theater
7. Defense Grid
8. Geometry Wars Evolved
9. Hexic HD
10. Jetpac Refuelled
11. Kameo
12. Mass Effect
13. N+
14. Perfect Dark
15. Perfect Dark Zero
16. Super Meat Boy
17. Toy Soldiers
18. Toy Soldiers: Cold War
19. Viva Pinata
20. Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise
21. Zuma

“At Microsoft we won’t charge you to play the Xbox 360 games you already own. Our vision is to provide the biggest and best games catalog without limits, so you can get more out of the investment you’ve made in your game collection & your games library is not limited to just one device.”

Microsoft says it is “our vision to provide the biggest and best games catalog without limits, so you can get more out of the investment you’ve made in your game collection, and your games library is not limited to just one device.”

And in an apparent diss of Sony’s “PlayStation Now” paid service (Sony’s way of making the PS4 backwards compatible”), Microsoft added “we at Microsoft won’t charge you to play the games you already own”.

Microsoft says that there are some technical limitations to what Xbox 360 games they can bring to Xbox One. Any Xbox 360 games that used USB peripherals won’t work, or Xbox 360 games that used the original Kinect won’t work on Xbox One.

The final roadblock are games with licenses that may have expired or games where they can’t obtain some license due to legal reasons (so this might apply to say, “The Beatles: Rock Band“).

Barring that however, Microsoft plans to transfer over their entire first-party lineup of Microsoft-published Xbox 360 games to Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility service.

Starting with fan-favorites, highly-requested titles, Xbox 360 games that are still played the most frequently on Xbox Live, cult classics and games that are most highly voted.

You can vote on what Xbox 360 games you most want to see appear on Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility program on the Xbox Feedback Page.

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This Xbox One Backwards Compatibility announcement was one of the biggest pieces of news of the E3 2015 show, and allowed Microsoft to make some huge waves within the videogame community as a whole.

Backwards Compatibility with previous console games has been one of the most requested features for all new systems, since it totally sucks to lose support for the giant library of games you’ve built up.

Thus this announcement is HUGE for Microsoft in their fight against Sony’s PS4.

I know so many people who hated the idea of losing all of their Xbox 360 games when upgrading to the Xbox One; and to those who play a ton of Xbox 360, this will be a major selling point in choosing the Xbox One over the PS4 (especially if they have a huge PS3 library that they realize won’t be playable on PS4).

Kudos to Microsoft, and this proves why competition is a good thing. This fight between Sony & Microsoft will only continue to make the lives of us gamers even better! And in the end, everyone wins! 😀

As an old-school gamer, I hope that Microsoft doesn’t stop at the Xbox 360, and continues to also fill in their Original Xbox catalog.

There were a great number of Original Xbox games from the PS2/Xbox/GameCube generation that deserve to remain playable for this generation of gamers.

Games like Ninja Gaiden 1 & Ninja Gaiden Black, Crimson Skies, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Fatal Frame 1 & Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly, Otogi: Myth of Demons & Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors, GunValkyrie, Jade Empire, Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams, Beyond Good & Evil, Psychonauts, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Game of the Year Edition, The Suffering, Shenmue II, Doom 3, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness and a host of others.

So I’m very happy to see Backwards Compatibility added to Xbox One!

While PS4 has been making tons of inroads in convincing people to choose the PS4 over the Xbox One, this announcement may swing the pendulum back in favor of the Xbox One for those with large Xbox 360 collections or whom missed out on lots of Xbox 360 games that are now available for purchase dirt cheap.

How excited are you about Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One? Do you think Sony will follow suit?