E3: Xbox One Goes Backwards Compatible
The Xbox One is going backwards compatible, and you’ll be able to use your own games! One of the most intriguing announcements from Microsoft’s E3 presentation has certainly grabbed the attention – but how does it actually work?
The situation is this: digital games are going to start showing up for you to download immediately, and disc-based games will be downloaded when you insert them into your drive. Microsoft has promised that 100 games will be available by this year’s holiday season, and a limited selection of 21 is already available for Xbox preview members.
While it’s great for those who have already invested in Xbox One and have a significant library of Xbox 360 games, we’re not sure how well it’ll sell the system to those yet to make the leap. For a start, that list of 100 games is a tiny proportion of the Xbox 360 library – about 5.4%, meaning that maybe one in twenty of your Xbox 360 games will actually work on the Xbox One come Christmas. It’s actually a significantly smaller backwards compatibility list than the 279 Xbox games that Xbox 360 launched with – over a quarter of the console’s library. We’re also not sure how long Microsoft will update the list – work on the Xbox 360 version was discontinued after a couple of years.
Additionally, the games will be downloaded to your hard disk, rather than running from the original DVDs. Given that space is already at a premium for some of us a year and a half into the console’s life, it’s clear that your old games are going to be fighting your new ones for space.
Still, it should be good for existing players and appears to be very well implemented. In case you missed it, here’s Microsoft showing off the original Mass Effect running on an Xbox One: