Initial List Of Xbox 360 Games Coming To Xbox One Being Revealed Next Week

The Xbox One’s Backward Compatibility program will be launching next week, by which time the full list of the initial 100 Xbox 360 games that will be revealed.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer made the announcement on twitter when asked by a fan when the list would be revealed, resulting him in revealing the date to be November 9th.

There is a bit of a catch to this program, however, as just because one of your 360 games is backward compatible doesn’t mean that you can just pop your disc into the Xbox One and start playing. Instead, inserting the disc will launch a download of an Xbox One friendly version of the game, and any digital 360 games that are compatible will automatically show up in your library.

Xbox Boss Wants Halo: Reach Backward Compatible On Xbox One

Halo: The Master Chief Collection originally offered fans Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 before adding Halo 3: ODST as an apology to fans for the game’s terrible launch. However, that means that the only main Halo game that gamers can’t play on Xbox One is Halo: Reach, a game that many consider the best of the lot.

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While there are no plans yet to get it added to the collection, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a shot at being playable on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. A fan asked Xbox Boss Phil Spencer on twitter about Halo: Reach making it to Xbox One, to which Spencer replied with, “I’d like to see it come via back compat.”

I’d personally love to see it added to the Master Chief Collection by 343 Industries, as then gamers would have the complete collection prior to the release of Halo 5: Guardians.

Xbox One Could Eventually Be Backward Compatible With Original Xbox Games

Damn, Microsoft is really rubbing it in Sony’s face, isn’t it? First they announce that a hundred Xbox 360 games will be playable by the end of this year on Xbox One, and now it looks like they could be taking the feature even further. While the backward compatibility feature isn’t available yet, that hasn’t stopped people from asking Phil Spencer where else this could potentially go.

When asked by a curious fan on twitter whether or not original games may become backward compatible with Xbox One, Xbox boss Phil Spencer replied with the following:

“I don’t think it’s silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now.”

This would be friggin’ awesome if they went through with this, as it would be great to be able to play all of the classic original Xbox games without having to whip out the original console. Hell, I just recently had to do that to replay Shenmue II, but you best believe it would have been sweet if I could have played it on Xbox One!

Xbox Boss Wants Lost Odyssey And Blue Dragon For Backward Compatibility

Phil Spencer is hard at work trying to make as many Xbox 360 games as he can compatible with Xbox One, and so far it’s been a huge success. Plenty of games have already been announced and even more will be coming in the future, but there are a lot of games that haven’t been mentioned that people are still begging for. Two such examples are Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon, which are two Beloved RPGs that came out very early in the Xbox 360’s lifetime.

Spencer was recently asked on twitter whether or not Lost Odyssey or Blue Dragon would be getting a sequel, to which he replied with the following:

“First thing I’d like to do is get LO and Blue Dragon in back compat, don’t have that yet.”

So, while we may have to keep waiting on continuations of these series, it does sound like Spencer is trying to get them ready for backward compatibility. As far as what it takes to get it backward compatible, they just need to get permission from the developers of the games. Considering you’d be a bonehead to deny someone making your game backward compatible to allow even more people to play it, it’s safe to say that it’s just a matter of time before the ink is dry on the deal.

 

Phantom Dust Won’t Be At Gamescom, But Microsoft Is Still Committed To It

The development of Phantom Dust has hit some serious road bumps, so much so that the game has fallen pretty much completely off the radar in recent months. When asked if the game would be making an appearance at the upcoming Gamescom event, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that it would not.

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However, he also reiterates that they are committed to making the game come to fruition, though the timeline for when that might happen is anyone’s guess. The game’s original developer Darkside is no longer attached to the project after having a falling out with Microsoft, but reports claim that this game is a project that Phil Spencer is very adamant about.

If you haven’t already, consider checking out the leaked gameplay footage of the version of the game developer Darkside was working on before things went south directly below.

Don’t Worry, Rise Of The Tomb Raider Still A Timed Exclusive On Xbox

Contrary to a message posted previously, the original timed-exclusive deal for Rise of the Tomb Raider is still on.

Xbox Boss Phil Phil Spencer is clearing the air over recent confusion regarding the upcoming release of Rise of the Tomb Raider. The confusion began when the Xbox Australia Facebook account claimed that the game was no longer a timed exclusive but a full exclusive.

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That just isn’t the case, however, as Phil Spencer replied to a fan regarding this message to which he said the following:

Even though this confirms that the original deal is still on, it still surprises me that the deal even happened in the first place. Considering that the Tomb Raider series is more known as a PlayStation series and considering how many more PlayStation 4s are in households compared to Xbox Ones you’d think it would be multiplatform from the get-go. I guess Microsoft forked up some big bucks for this one.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is developed by Crystal Dynamics and will release this Christmas season on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Releases on other platforms will be detailed at some unspecified point afterwards.

Xbox Boss Has “Lots Of 360 Games” He’d Like To Bring To Xbox One

Expect more HD remasters, just don’t expect every single game ever made to get the treatment.

The HD remaster of older games craze is in full swing, and now even the fans are clamoring for more games to make it current-gen consoles. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has received such requests, and his answer is interesting.

When a fan asked him about the prospects of releasing Fable Anniversary on Xbox One, he replied with the following:

“Lots of 360 games I’d like to bring to XB1. Only so much time and want to focus on making new games. Not easy tradeoffs.”

This seems to suggest that they are regularly considering older games to update, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we heard about more announcements at E3. One upcoming big remaster that hasn’t been officially announced yet is the supposedly leaked news of Gears of War for the Xbox One.

Seeing as current-gen systems aren’t backwards compatible and a lot of the older games go out of print and are hard to find, it makes sense to re-release those titles. However, with the dawn of digital downloads and even streaming services rising, our access to older titles are becoming easier and easier. Hopefully if remasters continue to be a thing they’re done for a good reason and not just to make some quick money.