Left 4 Dead 2

‘Left 4 Dead 2’ Another Xbox One Backwards Compatible Title Close To Release

Another upcoming backwards compatible Xbox One title leaked out Tuesday following Call of Duty: Black Ops and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 showed up within the last few days. Valve Software’s co-op zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead 2, has snuck its way on the a few Xbox One owner’s consoles.

The excitement around Left 4 Dead 2 on Xbox One started with a Reddit poster named Apherix, who shared an image of the game installed on a friend’s console. Further confirmation came Wednesday via a Twitter user who shared the following pictures showing the game being available in the Xbox Store.

So what’s going on? Some Xbox One owners who already own a digital copy of Left 4 Dead 2 and other titles have found ways to trick the Xbox Store into displaying the game. If the game was previously purchased for the Xbox 360 then it may show up as available to install.

For example, Apherix shared steps to find Left 4 Dead 2 by using his Xbox LIVE gamertag. Searching for his name on the console will provide the ability to look at his profile. Selecting “Following” will bring up a list of other gamertags and games that he is following and Valve’s zombie shooter is listed. Choosing the game will bring up the game’s page. The “Launch game” and “See in store” options will both take you to the Xbox Store page where it can be installed if already purchased.

As proof that this works, Reddit user codenamesnugs posted a short video of him playing the game recorded using the Xbox One’s Gave DVR feature. For those interested in trying this themselves, Left 4 Dead 2 is currently listed for sale on the Xbox Marketplace at $19.99.

It should not be all that surprising Left 4 Dead 2 is coming as a backwards compatible title. The popular shooter was preceded by other Valve titles including Portal 2: Still Alive and Counter-Strike: GO.

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It’s important to note that Microsoft has changed the release of Xbox One backwards compatible titles following the January update. Games will no longer be released in a batch once a month. Instead, the games will be released as they are ready.

“Based on your feedback, the Xbox Engineering team will start to pilot a new way to launch Xbox One Backward Compatibility titles. Starting today, we’ll release titles as they become available, rather than a set monthly launch date,” it was announced by the official Xbox Wire blog. “What this means for you is that you won’t have to wait to find out the latest titles; we’ll release whatever is available, when they’re available, once each title has received the engineering and publisher stamp of approval.”

All three BioShock titles along with Halo Wars were part of the original tease of upcoming backwards compatible titles for the Xbox One that have yet to appear.

As The Inquisitr previously covered, Xbox One manages backwards compatibility by emulating the entire Xbox 360 operating system. This allows Xbox 360 games to run on the Xbox One without any special coding or other workarounds. The major hurdle that is left is licensing agreements with the development studios and publishers to allow the games to be played on the Xbox One and listed for sale on the Xbox Store for the console.

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Xbox One backwards compatibility has been a hit for the console since it was announced at E3 2015. In addition to providing one of the biggest applause points of Microsoft’s press conference, console owners have dropped more than 21 million hours into playing Xbox 360 games on their new console thus far.

There have been some issues with Xbox One backwards compatibility, though. As Eurogamer recently pointed out, some game have seen performance issues. Halo: Reach‘s performance has been lackluster, rendering some sections of the game nearly unplayable. Likewise, Mass Effect sees problems during framerate dips during combat while Gears of War: Judgment is deemed “nearly unplayable due to severe performance drops.”

The performance issues of Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One are largely on a case-by-case basis. Performance is actually improved in some cases, however. For example, games like Hydro Thunder and Condemned see better performance overall, while there are spots of improvements such as the elevator loading scenes in Mass Effect.

As a reminder, the free Games with Gold Xbox 360 titles for are backwards compatible, too. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the current offer for January with Gears of War 2 and Sacred Citadel coming in February.

[Image via Valve]

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