E3 2015's biggest announcement might just be that the Xbox One will now be backward compatible with Xbox 360 games
Xbox One fans finally have cause to rejoice! Backwards compatibility with hundreds of games, universal Xbox Live, and the ability to stream Xbox One games to your Windows 10 machine, all this on more is coming to an Xbox near you. Soon. Very soon.
Here’s what we know so far
Hundreds of titles
You will not be able to play just any Xbox 360 game on your Xbox One. Microsoft will work with studios to port a selection of games over to the current gen. console and plan to have a library of hundreds of these older games available over the coming months.
Members of the Xbox One Preview program will have access to a selection of 21 titles starting today. At least a 100 titles are planned to be made available by the time the service will be open to the public.
Unfortunately, games that require very specific hardware, including the Kinect, cannot be ported at this time. Also note that you must be the owner of said games if you want to play them. The service is free, but the games are not.
Ease of access
If you own an Xbox 360 title that is “Backwards Compatible” on the Xbox One, all you need to do is download the app from the “My Games” section on your Xbox One, or, install the game to your console via the installation disc.
As an added bonus, Xbox One features like recording and streaming will be compatible with previous generation games.
All game progress, achievements, etc., will be synced to your Gamer Profile and will be carried over to either console.
You will be able to use Xbox Live to play games with your friends regardless of whether they’re on an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One. Those in the Windows Insider program will also be able to stream their Xbox One UI and games to their PC starting today. The service will be made available to everyone “soon”.
You can find more details here.
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