Microsoft announced the free titles coming to Xbox One owners via Games with Gold for September on Wednesday. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers can look forward to backwards-compatible titles Forza Horizon and Mirror’s Edge from the Xbox 360, plus an all-new role-playing title that will be free for console owners when it launches.
September 1 will launch a new slate of free games coming to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Earthlock: Festival of Magic from Snowcastle Games will be the first on the block and will be free for the entire month. It will be joined by the hit console exclusive Forza Horizon, which will be available as a free download until September 15. Microsoft is clearly greasing the skids to get Xbox One owners ready for the release of Forza Horizon 3 on September 27.
Another pair of games join the action on September 16. The side-scrolling platformer Assassin’s Creed Chronicle: China will be available as a free download through October 15. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 backwards-compatible Mirror’s Edge will parkour in and be available through September.
There are still free Games with Gold titles from the month of August to download if you haven’t already. The Xbox One hack-and-slash Warrior Orochi 3 Ultimate will be available until August 31, while WWE 2K16 will stay a free download until September 15. Finally, Ubisoft’s cult hit Beyond Good & Evil HD is still yours to download free until August 31.
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 hurdles remaining are the licensing agreements with 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.
Following that, testing to make sure the game runs correctly on the Xbox One appears to be a time-consuming task. Microsoft has to test each game from beginning to end to ensure the emulator runs the title correctly. This can take hundreds of hours depending on the title.
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