Xbox One head honcho Phil Spencer reveals that Xbox 360 games are not only coming to Xbox One but on PC soon as well via the Xbox backward compatibility.
When Xbox One’s Phil Spencer announced at E3 2015 that Xbox One will be able to host Xbox 360 via the Xbox One backward compatibility, the whole Xbox community rejoiced and were excited to try out the new feature. The Xbox One backward compatibility beta launched in June 2015 via the Xbox One Preview program, and users enrolled in the Preview program were already able to get their hands on classic Xbox 360 titles via their new Xbox One consoles.
While the Xbox One backward compatibility is still in its beta stage, a couple of Xbox 360 titles are already available to try out. However, when the Xbox One backward compatibility releases officially with the new Xbox One user interface, the New Xbox One Experience, more people will be able to play Xbox 360 games natively on their latest-gen console, and more titles will certainly be compatible.
With the Xbox One backward compatibility and the New Xbox One Experience almost at their official launch dates, Spencer once again adds to the excitement of Xbox One users by hinting that Xbox backward compatibility will soon be available on the PC as well — which is most probably via Windows 10.
“I would love to have the ability to play Xbox 360 on PC at some point too, so we have different things we have to think about when we plan these things.”
In fact, while Xbox backward compatibility only supports Xbox 360 titles now, Spencer also notes that original Xbox games are another thing that he wants to see soon on the new generation console.
“It’s something I want to do. It is a matter of priority. But it would be great to have support for original Xbox games. So yes, I want to do it, but there are many other things we want to do well. People fight with me for not having background music (laughs), so we have much work to do. Which is great! It’s great to have that feedback.”
In case you missed it, back in August, Spencer expressed his wishes to push the Xbox One backward compatibility further to original Xbox games. In a response to a tweet by user @HadleeSimons, who inquired about the possibility of playing original Xbox games on the Xbox One via backward compatibility, Spencer reveals that he, too, has been constantly pestering his backward compatibility team about the possibility of running original Xbox games on the Xbox One.
@HadleeSimons I don’t think it’s silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 19, 2015
Xbox 360 has had a great run, and it now sports a very extensive library of games that people would always want to go back to. Being able to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One via the backward compatibility is something that makes the Xbox line a really great investment for players who are finding “newfound sense of value in the games they purchased a generation ago.”
Two years ago, this was just all a dream to Xbox One users, but in November, it’s finally becoming a reality. Xbox One users will finally be able to run digital and physical copies of their Xbox 360 games on the new console. The PC platform has always been waiting for too long too. Who remembers how long PC gamers have waited for Red Dead Redemption and Gears of War? Soon, waiting will not be an issue anymore with backward compatibility soon coming to the PC.
Xbox One has been consistently delivering great customer service, responding to customer feedback quite well. Just recently, Xbox announced that normal Xbox One controllers will be able to remap their controls, in response to massive clamor from the Xbox One community. The New Xbox One Experience was also put into play to cater to the growing demands and needs of the users.
“The Xbox now has a long history, going through the original Xbox, the 360 and the One. It was a great time for people to understand that, as a platform development team, we want to create features that will appeal also to the old Xbox gamers. We will not charge money for backward compatibility, not charge subscription, you have the game and can play it on Xbox One. And the reaction was fantastic.”
Xbox One backward compatibility and the New Xbox One Experience will roll out officially to millions of Xbox One consoles the world over this coming November. When the Xbox One backward compatibility goes live this fall, it is expected that more than 100 Xbox 360 titles will already be supported.
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