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New Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Release Info



Microsoft began letting owners of its current console play games made for the Xbox 360 just weeks ago. Now the company is reiterating its plans for adding new games to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program.

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer discussed the company’s plans to add new content to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program earlier this week. Announced at June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the feature is part software emulator part digital download. Microsoft’s New Xbox One Experience software includes a program that can completely emulate the Xbox 360. The program lets users put in disc for supported games and get a digital download that’s compatible with the Xbox One. Digital games purchased through the Xbox Store are made available directly on the console itself.


Read: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: What You Need to Know

“We will announce news monthly,” Spencer told a follower this past week. Spencer is the head of Xbox for Microsoft. That’s great news for gamers that are hoping Microsoft moves quickly to make their favorite titles available. It is Microsoft’s hope that it’ll see a large number of upgraders as potential Xbox One buyers release that they can take their games and game saves with them without an issue.

Spencer also clarifies timing around each month’s announcements. “Don’t have a specific date for each month’s list,” he continues. This means that users won’t be able to look to a certain day or week to expect new games to enter the program in the same way they know to look for Xbox Live Deals with Gold on Tuesday or to expect Xbox Live Games with Gold titles to be announced in the final month of the year. This is a bit disappointing as it would have given gamers a specific window to rally around. We’re still waiting for Microsoft to reveal its complete list of new titles coming to the Xbox One Preview Program this month.

Microsoft announced the first batch of Xbox 360 games coming to the Xbox One because of the program in early November, leaving some to wonder when they could expect new titles that weren’t included in the initial roll out. Microsoft says that it’ll deliver new titles every month to the Xbox One Preview Program.

Read: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program – What You Need to Know

There were 104 different games included in the first round of titles available through the program. Many of those are from Microsoft’s own stable of titles. For example, Fable 2 and Gears of War 3 are available now. Others are from game publishers that support the feature, like Lego Star Wars and Mirror’s Edge. Microsoft is promoting the feature by giving out free Xbox 360 games with their Xbox One only sequels. Shoppers that buy Fallout 4 get a digital copy of Fallout 3. Just Cause 3 buyers get a digital copy of Just Cause 2 for their system. Any game saves users have for these titles easily transfer to the Xbox One with cloud syncing.

To play a game made for the PS3, PS4 shoppers need a subscription to Sony’s PlayStation Now subscription service. PlayStation Now also has timed rentals.

We don’t know the complete list of titles we can expect for the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program in December. We do know some of the big-name games that’ll make their debut in the program some time this month. Microsoft previously revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite, Skate 3, Halo Reach and Halo Wars are all coming to the program sometime this month, on Xbox Wire. Again, gamers who own these titles already will only need to slide their disc into their Xbox One to unlock their digital download. Digital versions will appear automatically in the My Games and Apps area in the Xbox One’s software.




  1. Herbertlgarcia

    12/01/2015 at 5:50 am

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  2. AnonymousAndy

    12/01/2015 at 12:13 pm

    Where’s Splinter Cell Blacklist and Red Dead Redemption?

  3. Anon1

    12/01/2015 at 3:39 pm

    Yea i hope they release some Splinter Cell. I need to finish Conviction!!!

  4. Chris

    12/01/2015 at 4:56 pm

    So if you was to get the disk copy and put it in your xbox it will stay on your ready to install list as in once you use the disk once you will be able to have it as a digital download.

    • Dorian

      12/01/2015 at 5:25 pm

      Did this with Fallout 3 & Just Cause 2:
      1. Put disc in
      2. Xbox asks if you want to update the game (or tells you it isn’t compatible yet, in this case these both work fine)
      3. Xbox downloads games entirely (meaning you can remove whatever 360 disc is in at the time being)
      4. When it’s done downloading, you play it like an XB1 disc game. Throw in the disc and it’ll let you play it (unless you originally bought it on Xbox Live)

    • Dorian

      12/01/2015 at 5:28 pm

      So in this case, you gotta wait till it actually is compatible

  5. Friggin Grease

    12/01/2015 at 9:07 pm

    Yeah if you have a physical copy then you need the disc in. For example, I have the arcade version of Doom digitally, but got Doom, Doom 2, and Doom 3 with the BFG edition on the 360. Only Doom and Doom 2 are BC, but I need the disc to play Doom 2, not Doom 1.

  6. James Miller

    12/01/2015 at 9:51 pm

    Let’s get mass effect 2 & 3 out on the table!! Hopefully they can beat that two disc problem.

  7. Matt

    12/01/2015 at 10:10 pm

    Yeah, i loved mass effect, i to hope they can put out mass effect 2 and 3 but i figured since it was 2 discs there would be a problem. Hopefully they can fix it.

  8. Matt

    12/01/2015 at 10:13 pm

    And alan wake would be sweet. I think thats been confirmed but not sure when its gonna be b/c.

  9. WeKnowAll;)

    12/02/2015 at 8:08 pm

    if anything before the 16th or on

  10. THunts

    12/02/2015 at 9:38 pm

    Let’s get CoD: MW2 on there


      12/03/2015 at 8:11 pm

      Yes!!! It’s at 100,000 as of now!

    • John Cook

      12/04/2015 at 2:25 am

      Deffo brilliant game

  11. snead74

    12/03/2015 at 1:33 am

    Xcom i neeeeeeed xcom

  12. John Cook

    12/04/2015 at 2:22 am

    We need a good flight sim backwards compatible like ace combat 6, over g fighters n hawk.

  13. josh

    12/04/2015 at 2:51 am

    the rest of the assassins creed games and the three previous batman arkham games please

  14. Cj

    12/06/2015 at 5:37 pm

    I just brought skate 3 from Walmart and it doesn’t even work

  15. Kyle

    12/07/2015 at 7:37 am

    ^^ They are working on Skate 3 ^^ shouldn’t be long as I bought Skate 3 also :)

  16. Matt

    12/07/2015 at 11:58 pm

    Is it possible they can figure a way around this two disc thing, i hope so i really want to start mass effect over but im not gonna play the first one on my xb 1 and play the other two on my 360 ya know.

  17. Jeff

    12/08/2015 at 9:56 am

    How much longer on halo wars I have the disc and it doesn’t play

  18. jesse russell

    12/13/2015 at 3:26 pm

    elder scrolls skyrim and oblivion

  19. Jeff

    12/16/2015 at 1:35 pm

    What day in December

  20. FrittFallande

    04/14/2016 at 9:35 am

    Sims? Dont even need to be online so it seems like it should’ve happened. Also ssx. That is my favourite game on 360

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