Although new IPs and highly-anticipated sequels stole the show at E3, many fans went nuts over the idea of backward compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. The new console feature will allow Xbox One owners to revisit over 100 classic Xbox 360 games and Xbox Preview Program members have been providing feedback on the new tool since it was announced at E3 earlier this summer. Microsoft promised that the backward compatibility would arrive for everyone else before 2016 and now we have a better idea of exactly when that will be.
Nostalgic fans have spent the last few months upvoting Xbox 360 games that they want to see made backward compatible, but Microsoft has been pretty quiet about the tool since its announcement. It turns out that the company was saving its news for Gamescom 2015, where it revealed that the backward compatibility tool will launch for free in November for all Xbox One users with support of over 100 games.
Up until now, the service has only been available to select testers from the Xbox Preview Program. This fall, the rest of the Xbox One community will dive into the previous gen and start revisiting some of the most iconic games from the 360 era. Get ready to replay everything from Mass Effect to Super Meat Boy (hopefully).
In addition to the exciting news of the fall launch, Microsoft also explained that future Xbox Games with Gold titles will be chosen with the backward compatibility in mind. This means that Xbox One users may be able to get multiple games for free every month if they don’t already own the Xbox One and Xbox 360 free titles.
Launching this feature before the holiday seems like a big win for Microsoft. Although playing old games might not be the most exciting feature for all gamers, it could be the final push for shoppers who have been holding out on making the transition. This feature combined with a fairly strong fall lineup of games could give the Xbox One the edge it needs to move a large number of consoles during the shopping season.
What do you think of the backward compatibility support? Is it a major selling point for you? What games do you hope are supported at launch? Let us know in the comments.
Xbox One backward compatibility support will be available sometime in November 2015. The full list of supported games has not been confirmed yet.