E3 2015 offered some of the best presentations in recent years from most of the major gaming companies. Sony revealed some long-awaited games that should arrive in 2016, Bethesda arrived with a Fallout 4 release date, and Microsoft rolled out a long line of games arriving in time for holiday shoppers. In addition to the new games, Microsoft also put a spotlight on some classic games from the previous console generation.
The company’s Xbox 360 backward compatibility feature will allow Xbox Live Gold members with an Xbox One to play many of their 360 games on the current-gen console. The feature should act as a major selling point for gamers who were unwilling to abandon their 360 adventures. Feedback from the Xbox Preview Program members, who had early access, seems to be very positive.
The initial list of games available includes some fan favorites like Mass Effect, Banjo-Kazooie, and Gears of War; but details on future games haven’t been confirmed yet. Xbox promised support of around 100 games when the program goes live in November and the early teaser trailer suggested support for Far Cry 3, BioShock Infinite, and a handful of other games. Fans have been clamoring for more details and Microsoft’s Phil Spencer offered the following promise that more news should be right around the corner…
@JoshLuck1995 Looks like you should hear some news this week.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 19, 2015
Spencer is definitely a reliable source, so it sounds like the next batch of games will be announced sometime before the end of the week. With the promise of close to 100 games at launch, we’re interested to find out whether Microsoft will continue revealing just a few games at a time or drop a giant list of games on its fans. From a hype standpoint, it makes more sense to drag things out and reveal a few games a week from now until November. That may seem like a long time to maintain hype, but the slow and steady approach to reveals worked incredibly well for Mortal Kombat X and fans never seemed to lose interest in the months leading up to the full roster release.
The burning question for most gamers is obviously which games Microsoft will support. Cries for Red Read Redemption have been echoing around the internet, along with pleas for Modern Warfare 2 and other previous installments in the CoD franchise. Everyone has their own list of most wanted games, including Game Rant, and it will be very interesting to see which titles are prioritized by Microsoft.
Are you still excited for the backward compatibility? Do you think it’s a major selling point for the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 backward compatibility is now available for Xbox Preview Program members. The feature will be available to Xbox Live Gold members in November.