One of Xbox’s biggest E3 announcements now has an official release date. November 12th. That’s the day all Xbox One owners will be able to play select Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.
Xbox’s Phil Spencer made the announcement during last night’s Halo 5: Guardians launch event. He also announced the Xbox One Experience update, a UI overhaul, will also launch on November 12th.
Some of you are already testing out the Xbox One Experience through the Xbox One Preview Program. I was in the Preview Program but decided to opt out. I didn’t want any unforeseen bug getting in the way of quality Halo 5 time. It looks like testing is going well enough for the Xbox team to pull the trigger on pushing it to the masses.
The Xbox One Experience brings the Windows 10 aesthetic to the console. Microsoft has promised several much-needed improvements. The biggest for me? Faster performance. The Xbox One UI chugs way too often when starting parties or going from a game to the dashboard.
Which Xbox 360 games will be playable?
Microsoft is promising “over 100 titles slated for this fall, and hundreds more in the months to come.”
There are 31 known games that will be backward compatible at launch. This includes games that come with the purchase of Xbox One entries like Fallout, Rainbow Six and Just Cause. That leaves around 70 unknown games. We know several developers are working on getting their games on there including Criterion Games with Burnout Paradise. But no specific dates on those games have been given.
Shortly after the backwards compatibility announcement, a feedback page was set up to gauge interest for which Xbox 360 games fans wanted to see the most. Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim quickly shot up to the top of the list.
Red Dead Redemption needs to happen. That or a remaster.
Remasters are all the rage. May as well get one for one of Rockstar’s best games ever.
What about some titles that aren’t on the most requested? All of the Ghost Recon games need to happen. They are a safe bet too. Ubisoft is adding Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 and 2. It’s just a matter of when not if for the Ghost Recon series.
And how the hell is Project Gotham Racing 4 on the 11th page? C’mon, get in there and vote for that.
Now for my wishful thinking game. Chromehounds. Will it happen? Probably not. Sega would need to turn back on the game’s servers to make it worth it.
What about you? Which Xbox 360 games do you want to play on Xbox One?