Though the Xbox 360 is nearly 11-years-old, its games are being given an overhaul. Microsoft, the creators, and owners of the Xbox platform have been working hard to ensure that Xbox 360 games have backwards-compatibility with the Xbox One.
Translated from nerdese, this means that select Xbox 360 games will be playable on an Xbox One, so consoles won’t need to be upgraded as often. While this might seem counter-intuitive to a company’s business plan, it may actually make older Xbox’s even more valuable. Since the Xbox 360 is older, gamers can probably grab 360 games for a cheaper price than Xbox One titles, so this makes 360 discs even more useful to those who don’t mind an older system.
Now for the pièce du rèsistance: the games with backwards-compatibility. The Country Caller found a nifty list that IGN created of all backwards-compatible 360 games, which includes big titles like Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 3, and Dark Souls. If those weren’t enough, Microsoft is also working on a way to let Xbox One users develop apps for the Windows 10 platform.
— GameSpot (@gamespot) April 13, 2016
With the introduction of Windows 10, it seemed Microsoft was headed in the direction of totally remaking its public image, so this twist comes as quite a surprise. The new Xbox-backwards-compatibility was announced at this year’s E3, and there could be more games on the way. Microsoft is also introducing new features to make Xbox One more compatible with Windows 10.
The full list of Xbox 360 games that are playable on the Xbox One includes other major titles like Banjo Tooie and the original BorderLands game, as well as lesser-known games such as Alan Wake’s American Nightmare and Earthworm Jim.
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If your favorite 360 game isn’t on the list, never fret; the number of games has been growing pretty steadily since Microsoft made their announcement. What’s brilliant about this new addition to the Xbox 360’s features is that the need for a next-gen console is lessened, and gamers who currently own or are thinking of buying an Xbox One or 360 now have more versatile gaming systems. Whether this will lead to a hike in Xbox prices is unclear at the moment, but the new feature could give them an edge over competitors like the Sony Playstation 4 and Nintendo Wii U.
Currently, PS4 and Wii U consoles don’t offer backwards compatibility, though many Wii U games are spin-offs of classic Nintendo games like Mario Kart and Super Mario World. The feature isn’t available just yet, but CinemaBlend noted that it will be here by November 12, and more 360 games will be getting backwards compatibility then.
It’s no surprise that Microsoft’s own insanely popular Halo series appears on the backwards-compatible list as well, with Spartan Assault being the only game currently listed as supporting play on the Xbox One. Perhaps a bit unexpectedly, though, fellow Microsoft brainchild Titanfall has yet to make an appearance on the list. None of the Call of Duty series made this elite list, but that may be simply due to the fact that Call of Duty and Halo are known to be in competition with one another.
What games would you like to see made backwards-compatible in the near future? Do you like the currently available selection, and what would you remove or change? Chime in below.