It’s been a little while since Microsoft announced that they’d cracked backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. In truth, I remember saying at the time of the One’s release that it shouldn’t be that difficult to run an emulator inside the One’s OS to be able to play your favourites from the previous console generation.
The November console update that introduces this is due to start hitting machines from the 12th of the month for the majority of Xbox One owners. With this in mind Microsoft have officially announced via Mike Ybarra on Xbox Wire, the first 104 games to get the backwards compatible treatment.
The notable big-hitters in this list are arguably Assassin’s Creed 2, Borderlands, Fable 2, Fallout 3, Mass Effect and Mirror’s Edge.
For those wondering how it will work, it’s quite simple. If you had purchased a digital version of one of the games below, it will appear in your “Ready to Install” list. If you own the game disc itself, well, it’s the same as the current One titles. You load the disc in the console and it installs to the HDD. You’ll still need the game disc in the drive to play though.
Additionally, all future Games With Gold Xbox 360 titles will be available on this programme too, so One owners will get double the value from their Gold account.
You can find more information here as well as a comprehensive list of the games already available and those that will be coming to the programme soon, like the Bioshock series and Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Microsoft have even provided us with a handy trailer for the feature, with the ever-ready Larry Hryb.
Which games are you excited to play again?
Here’s that launch list in full:
|A Kingdom for Keflings||Lode Runner™|
|A World of Keflings||LUMINES LIVE!|
|Alien Hominid HD||Mass Effect™|
|Assassin’s Creed II||Metal Slug 3|
|Asteroids & Deluxe||Metal Slug XX|
|Banjo Kazooie®: Nuts & Bolts||Might & Magic Clash of Heroes™|
|BattleBlock Theater||Monday Night Combat|
|Bejeweled 2||Monkey Island: Special Edition|
|Bellator: MMA Onslaught||Monkey Island 2: Special Edition|
|Beyond Good & Evil HD||Ms. Splosion Man™|
|Blood of the Werewolf||Mutant Blobs Attack!!!|
|Borderlands||NBA JAM: On Fire Edition|
|Call of Juarez® Gunslinger||NiGHTS into dreams…|
|Castle Crashers||Operation Flashpoint™: Dragon Rising|
|CastleStorm||Pac-Man: Championship Edition™|
|Centipede & Millipede||Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+|
|Condemned: Criminal Origins||Perfect Dark|
|Crazy Taxi™||Perfect Dark Zero|
|Deadliest Warrior: Legends||Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds|
|Defense Grid: The Awakening||Pinball FX™|
|DiRT 3||Plants vs. Zombies|
|DiRT Showdown||Prince of Persia|
|Discs of Tron||Putty Squad|
|Doom||Rayman 3 HD|
|Doom II||R-Type Dimensions™|
|Dungeon Siege III||Sacred Citadel|
|Earthworm Jim HD||Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.|
|Fable II||Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe|
|Fallout 3||Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World|
|Feeding Frenzy||Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage|
|Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown||Shadow Complex|
|Gears of War||Sonic CD|
|Gears of War 2||Sonic The Hedgehog|
|Gears of War 3||Sonic The Hedgehog 2|
|Gears of War: Judgment||Sonic The Hedgehog 3|
|Golden Axe™||Super Meat Boy|
|Halo: Spartan Assault||Supreme Commander 2|
|Hardwood Backgammon®||Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas|
|Hardwood Hearts®||Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas 2|
|Hardwood Spades®||South Park: The Stick of Truth™|
|Hexic HD||Toy Soldiers|
|Ikaruga||Toy Soldiers: Cold War|
|Jetpac Refuelled||Tron: Evolution|
|Joy Ride Turbo||Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon|
|Just Cause 2||Viva Piñata|
|Kameo™: Elements of Power||Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise|
|LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game||Wolfenstein 3D|
|LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga||Zuma|