One of the most touted features of the Xbox One is its ability to play Xbox 360 games via backwards compatibility. Ever since the feature was launched in 2015, Xbox One owners have been able to play a great deal of 360 games. Given Microsoft’s push toward PC gaming, many wondered if Xbox 360 backwards compatibility would one day be available on PC. Xbox head, Phil Spencer, is known for answering fans’ questions on Twitter. Recently, a follower asked him about the possibility of seeing Xbox 360 games on PC. Spencer gave a direct, if noncommittal answer. @Micro_666 @TobiasFoxtail Running BC reliably on all the different PC HW configs would be a lot more work than XB1, but never say never. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 7, 2017 There are numerous PC configurations out there. Because of that, it’s understandable why Spencer believes getting 360 games to run on PC would be difficult. At the same time, it was also said that the Xbox One would never get Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. That obviously hasn’t been the case, as anyone who has played a 360 game on Xbox One can attest READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!
Xbox One Backward Compatibility List Expands A few days ago we told you how Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb was fed up with Xbox users repeatedly asking him on social media about whether or not Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be made available via backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Today, another batch of Xbox 360 games has been made available on Xbox One via the console’s backward compatibility service. Unfortunately, Black Ops II is not one of them. Microsoft announced that Battlefield 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Dragon Age: Origins have joined the lineup, along with Ghostbusters and Scrap Metal. If you already own any of the games included, they should show up directly in your library, ready to be downloaded. That said Battlefield 3 will require a hard copy to work. The full list is as follows: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Battlefield 3 (requires disc) Dragon Age: Origins Ghostbusters Scrap Metal The Splatters Strania Microsoft confirmed last month that the number of titles available on the service had surpassed the 300 mark, having celebrated the milestone by offering Mistwalker’s JRPG Lost Odyssey for free to all Xbox One owners. Likewise, it was announced earlier this month…
Six More Games Have Been Added to Backwards Compatibility for Xbox One Recently, we wrote about the massive success the Backwards Compatibility program has had so far, with over 300 Xbox 360 games available for the Xbox One. Now, Microsoft is ending the year in a big way, with six new games joining the list of backward compatible games.These newest titles are the last ones of the year. Six new Xbox One Backwards Compatibility games have been made available in the last 24 hours, however, Larry Hyrb of Xbox announced on Twitter that the Backwards Compatibility team will be taking some time off for the holidays. Following these six titles, the “releases resume after the New Year.” The six titles announced are Skydive, Planets Under Attack, CLANNAD, Bully Scholarship Edition, Catherine and Raskulls. Only five titles are available to play worldwide though, as CLANNAD is playable only in Japan. Over the past few months, the Backwards Compatibility program has been very busy, adding some huge titles to the list of playable games on the Xbox One. Included among these titles were BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite, just added earlier this month. The games in the highly requested trilogy joined the list
Backwards Compatible Titles Receiving Widespread Support Among Xbox Players Phil Spencer took to Twitter yesterday to praise the continued success of Xbox’s backwards compatible library. There are now more than 300 BC titles available for the Xbox One. The most recent additions to the library are the Bioshock trilogy, which were added to the list as of yesterday. The system was announced during last year’s E3 conference. The initial list of available titles went from 15 to 100 in less than a year. The list of backwards compatible titles should continue to steadily grow. During the system’s launch phase, Larry Hryb explained that they only needed developer approval for any given title to appear on the list. These player stats are an important marker for Xbox, signalling the success of their chosen retro strategy. Whereas Playstation and Nintendo have adopted other strategies with varying levels of success, Xbox is using a method that doesn’t lean on a digital library. This means that collectors and longtime Xbox supporters can hold on to their whole collection of games, knowing that they still work. Although it doesn’t apply to the complete library yet, the BC system is flexible. Nintendo, who encourages repeat purchases
Xbox One Games are Now Playable on the Oculus Rift Microsoft has announced that the Oculus Rift can now stream Xbox One games, including all games that are backwards compatible from the Xbox 360! Move over battle of the consoles, the next biggest competition is here. Now that this may give the PSVR some competition, let the battle of the VR systems begin! For everyone wondering about the crossover between Xbox One and the Oculus Rift, the streaming is done through the Xbox One Streaming App for free. This app connects to the Xbox One via your home network. Once connected, the console’s video output is streamed to the Rift headset and projected onto a screen of your choice. This app lets players choose from three different environments to play their games which are “Citadel,” “Retreat” and “Dome.” While you won’t be able to experience actual virtual reality using the app, this feature puts your Xbox One screen on a TV in the virtual reality environment where you can look around. The game itself is not in VR. Microsoft offered this description, “With the Xbox One Streaming App, you can play your Xbox One games directly on your Oculus Rift. Connect
The Xbox One has very few advantages over its main rival the PS4, but one key area where Microsoft has outdone Sony is backwards compatibility. Slowly but surely Microsoft has been unlocking the Xbox 360’s huge library of games and allowing the original discs to play when inserted into the Xbox One. Now it seems, there’s a chance that compatibility could jump back another generation and unlock those original Xbox games you have gathering dust on your shelf. Although it’s not happening yet, Phil Spencer has confirmed on Twitter that it’s something he’d very much like to do: @James1o1o We haven’t ruled it out but we aren’t working on it right now. I’d like to find the time to do it. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 12, 2016 In total, there were 1,045 game released for the original Xbox. That includes 289 exclusive to North America, 96 exclusive to Europe, and 44 exclusive to Japan. When the Xbox 360 was launched backwards compatibility was touted, but mostly treated as an afterthought. Only a small subset of Xbox games ended up working on the 360, and even then some of them didn’t work well (artifacts, software errors etc.). [embedded content] Adding…