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XBOX Backwards Compatibility -E3 2015

For what was a truly mic-drop moment at E3; something that we (gamers) have been told was ‘impossible’ is now a reality for Xbox Preview members: Xbox One Backwards compatibility.

Xbox E3 2015 Keynote - Backwards Compatibility
Xbox E3 2015 Keynote – Backwards Compatibility

The games will be run as an emulator so the chances of your old Rockband controller working are slim, but there is a decent list of titles available even on early access INCLUDING:

  • A Kingdom for Keflings/ A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Banjo-Kazooie/ Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • N+
  • Perfect Dark/ Perfect Dark Zero
  • Small Arms
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers/ Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata/ Viva Piñata: TIP
  • Zuma

Digital versions of the game should just appear in your queue of available games to download, but disc copies will need to be installed. However, the new software will come with a slimmed version of the 360 guide and access to all its friend/party functions; so it should be seamless to get into a game.

Seeing Skyrim with the power of the new hardware behind it IS something I’m looking forward to; however, is anyone else concerned about the storage requirements for all these games? Anyone with a decent size collection may want to look at the new 1 TB console.

(Note: If you can’t wait for the public rollout, leave a comment with your gamertag and the first dozen or so ToG community commenters will get an invite for the Xbox Preview Program.)

Amanda Fox Rosowski

Amanda cut her teeth on her dads old Tandy before graduating to SNES and beyond. An accomplished guild leader in multiple titles and sucker for console RPGs; Amanda spends most of her free time with a bit of tech in her hands. With a life philosophy derived from a Spock quote and more passport stamps then shoes; she is a well-traveled nerd with the urge to pontificate.