Microsoft dropped the mic yesterday at E3, when they announced that Xbox One will be Backward compatible with Xbox 360, allowing gamers to play last-gen games directly on the current-gen console. But how will this word? Here are some answers for you:
- No extra cost – Backward compatibility on Xbox One will be a standard feature when it launches this fall.
- Now available to preview program users – Backward compatibility is now live for Xbox One preview program users. However, only 21 titles are currently available: A Kingdom for Keflings, A World of Keflings, Alien Hominid HD, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts n Bolts, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, BattleBlock Theater, Defense Grid, Geometry Wars Evolved, Hexic HD, Jetpac Refuelled, Kameo, Mass Effect, Perfect Dark, Perfect Dark Zero, Small Arms, Super Meat Boy, Toy Soldiers, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, Viva Piñata, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise.
However, Microsoft promises hundreds of titles to be added in the following months until the full launch of the service in the fall.
- Games are installed – Xbox One Backward Compatibility is not a streaming service. If you own a retail 360 game (which must be on the approved list), you simply need to insert the disc, install the game, and then you can play it. The disc must remain in the drive during your gameplay sessions for its ownership check.
As for digital titles that you already own for your xbox 360, they will show as “Ready to Install” in the “My Games and Apps” tile, and after you install them, they are ready to be played. However, you can not purchase Xbox 360 games through your Xbox One (a feature that must be added). But you can purchase them on your Xbox 360 or xbox.com to have them available on your Xbox One.
- The Xbox 360 guide is back– Pressing start+select at the same time while inside an Xbox 360 game will open the old-school Xbox 360 guide to access game and party invites, messages, etc.
- Advanced feature are available – Xbox One exclusive features such as Game DVR, screenshots, and Windows 10 streaming will all be available to Xbox 360 games being played on Xbox One.
- Save files and achievements are cross-gen – Your progress in a game will transfer to the Xbox One via the cloud, if the title supports cloud saves. You should upload yours saves to the cloud if you have them on your Xbox 360 and then they will be transfered to the Xbox One.
All your achievement progress in the game will carry over as well. You can switch between the two consoles at any time for supported games and pick up where you left off (because of the cloud, of course)
- Multiplayer is cross-gen – You will be able to play an Xbox 360 game on your Xbox One against those who are playing the game on their Xbox 360. However, you will still not be able to play an Xbox One game against those with the Xbox 360 version.
- Developers must agree before an Xbox 360 game is put on the bacward compatible list – An Xbox 360 game to be a part of the backward compatible feature, the developer or the publisher behind the game must agree.
What does it mean? If a developer is working on a remaster for Gen4 consoles, he can deny the backward compatibility for that game. He can also deny their game to be on the program for other reasons too. You can also vote which games do you like to be backward compatible here.
- Free game offers – At E3 some old games were announced to be bacward compatible later this year due to special offers. I am talking about Fallout 3 which will came free with every copy of Fallout 4 on Xbox One and Rainbow Six: Vegas games which are offered for free to those that will purchase Rainbow Six: Siege on Xbox One.
These are all the facts we already know about the Xbox One’s Bacward Compatibility. For more information you can visit Microsoft’s official FAQ here.