Microsoft explains Xbox One backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games

Microsoft built an Xbox 360 emulator inside Xbox One to play older games, and hopes all games eventually will be playable through an Xbox One console.

During the E3 2015 event, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. This was a huge announcement, as backwards compatibility has been one of the most requested features by the community. Now, the company is taking the time to share more details on how the feature will work and to answer various questions.

Microsoft’s Major Nelson, Larry Hryb, explains on an interview with Bill Stillwell, that backwards compatibility it’s possible through an Xbox 360 emulator software that runs on top of Xbox One. The emulator offers all the features of an Xbox 360 console, such as matchmaking, achievements, friends, and chat. In addition, Xbox One owners can even take advantage of specific Xbox One features on Xbox 360 games, like recording and screenshots.

Bill Stillwell explains that Xbox One now recognizes Xbox 360 disc games and downloadable games will simply show up in your Xbox One games library. He also explains that virtually every game can be played via the emulator, but currently there are some limitations on games designed for Kinect as the peripheral won’t work on Xbox One and other USB peripherals aren’t supported either.

In addition, he says that there is also a limitation on licensing on which Xbox 360 games can be available on Xbox One, but eventually, the company hopes that all the 360 games will be playable on Xbox One – it will only take some time.

The new backwards compatibility feature is available now for Xbox One Preview members with a limited number of games, later this fall, when the Xbox 360 emulator is available to everyone, Microsoft plans to have at least 100 titles ready, and the catalog will just keep growing.

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