Microsoft Showcases Xbox One Backwards Compatibility in New Video
Microsoft has released a new video showcasing the Xbox One's new backwards compatibility feature ahead of its launch next week
With a major software just around the corner for the Xbox One, Microsoft has published a new video showcasing one of its most eagerly anticipated new features - Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. Since the Xbox One launched in November 2013, gamers around the world have been asking for the ability to play their favourite Xbox 360 titles on their new hardware, but until this year's E3, it hadn't looked as though it would be possible. Foruntately, though, they've found a way to do it, and it could well prove to be a hugely important for the future of the console, which remains well behind the PlayStation 4 in global sales figures.
This teaser video shows an intuitive system for backwards compatible digital titles, adding a tab to the dashboard that lists any supported titles associated with your Xbox Live account, meaning you can download and play them with ease. Those of you who are still rocking large collections of physical discs will need to pop the desired game into the console and boot it up like any regular physical title - however you'll need to check out the most up-to-date list of compatible games to ensure you favourites are supported. When the feature goes live you'll be able to track new additions at this link. Currently things look a little sparse, as it only contains the titles that were available during the feature's beta testing, but from this coming Monday, you'll be able to check out the full launch list, promised to contain more than 100 games in total.
Microsoft is hopeful that backwards compatibility, along with the slew of other changes set to be ushered in by the November 12th update, will go a long way to helping push the console's sales figures up over the Christmas period, with global marketing head honcho Aaron Greenberg telling Gamespot recently that he believes "it'll be tremendous" and "another differentiator" for the company, since it'll be "the only next-gen console delivering backwards compatibility."
You can check out the full video below and see how everything works for yourself.