The biggest hardware announcement of Microsoft’s presentation at E3 this year was backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One.
What’s the catch? Well it doesn’t launch in full until this Fall and for the moment only a small handful of titles are playable until then. In fact, the current beta preview includes only one AAA title – the first “Mass Effect”. Microsoft has said that they plan to add more each month, but how many more is unclear at this point.
What is clear is that the current list includes just twenty-one supported games including: A Kingdom of Keflings, A World of Keflings, Alien Hominid, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Banjo-Tooie, BattleBlock Theater, Defense Grid: The Awakening, 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 PiÃ±ata, Viva PiÃ±ata Trouble in Paradise, Zuma
Microsoft have set a rough target of around one-hundred games by the holiday season. They’ve also said games that require Kinect (eg. Rock Band, Dance Central and Rocksmith) will never be supported. Games that are supported will include modern features like broadcasting, game streaming, screenshot capture and online multiplayer.
A forum page has been setup at Xbox Feedback asking users what games they want to be made compatible first. The twenty most popular on the list so far includes a bunch of AAA games like multiple “Call of Duty,” “Halo,” “Gears of War,” “Fallout” and “Mass Effect” titles along with “Red Dead Redemption,” “Skyrim,” “BioShock Infinite,” “Batman: Arkham City,” “Left 4 Dead 2” and “Grand Theft Auto IV”.