The Xbox One backwards compatibility announcement came with an interesting condition.
Microsoft will determine which Xbox 360 games to pursue as backwards compatible first based on the community’s desires. After nearly a week, those desires are leaning heavily in the direction of certain big name franchises, but one particular Rockstar Games title leads the pack.
Voting on Xbox 360 titles that will be made compatible with the Xbox One is currently being held in the Xbox User Voice community. While the Xbox One is capable of running most non-Kinect titles from the last-gen console without any extra effort from developers, Microsoft first has to gain permission to make them compatible.
In other words, licenses need to be checked to make sure they are still valid and up to date and then agreements need to be signed. The voting helps Microsoft focus on the games that Xbox One owners most want to see.
Red Dead Redemption currently sits at the top of the most wanted Xbox 360 game with just under 50,000 votes. Call of Duty: Black Ops II isn’t far behind though with 45,000 votes. The Call of Duty franchise is easily the most popular line of games on the list with six titles listed in the top 20.
Interestingly, it’s the oft-derided Halo: Reach that is the most requested Halo title. Halo Wars comes in at second on the list with 19,530 votes while Halo 3 and Halo 4 aren’t even in the top 40 titles.
Here are the current top 20 listed titles for Xbox One backwards compatibility:
- Red Dead Redemption
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Halo: Reach
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Gears of War 3
- Call of Duty: Balck Ops
- Fallout 3
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Mass Effect 3
- BioShock Infinite
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Mass Effect 2
- Gears of War 2
- Call of Duty: World at War
- Left 4 Dead 2
- GTA IV
- Batman: Arkham City
- Halo Wars
What’s at the bottom of the list? There are currently 15 titles with only 50 votes each. This includes Xbox LIVE Arcade games like Clan of Champions, American Mensa Academy, and Beat’n Groovy.
The list represents over 1,500 Xbox 360 games being voted on. Some titles where there are obvious licensing issues such as Deadpool, which Activision lost the rights too, are not included.
Xbox One backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games is currently in testing with Xbox Preview Program members. I tested it last week and had access to my old game saves through the Xbox LIVE cloud, achievements, and even the Xbox 360 guide menu. It worked very well for the single-player titles I have tested, though the real test might come with larger multiplayer titles like Call of Duty and Halo.
There’s no release date yet, but Microsoft points to a holiday release. Meanwhile, the fine print at the bottom of the Xbox One backwards compatibility page points to an October release.
What Xbox 360 games are you most interested in to play on the Xbox One? Sound off in the comments below.
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