At E3 this week, Phil Spencer announced Backwards Compatibility for the Xbox One, allowing fans to play a selection of Xbox 360 games on their new systems. The only restrictions appear to be permissions from the publishers and developers. The service will go live for the public this holiday, but Xbox Preview members can already avail of a handful of titles to test out the system.
Microsoft are allowing fans to vote for what games the platform holder should chase down, letting the community decide what games they would much rather see being backwards compatible. During E3, we saw publishers talk about their new games, and how the last game in the series would come bundled for free as a digital download. With Fallout 4, fans can avail of a free copy of Fallout 3 for Xbox 360 at launch, and Rainbow Six Siege owners will be able to play Rainbow Six Vegas 1 and 2 for free, all backwards compatible.
Below, is the current list of live voting taking place on xbox.uservoice.com, with Red Dead Redemption leading the charge with the most votes. As expected, Call of Duty features a few times, with both Black Ops titles and Modern Warfare titles proving popular. I imagine Activision would be concerned to permit an older title making waves on Xbox One, taking fans away from Advanced Warfare, but then again, if their older games are getting more play, who is to complain?
- Red Dead Redemption (43,980 votes)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (38,506 votes)
- Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (39,023 votes)
- Halo Reach (33,550 votes)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (32,600 votes)
- Gears of War 3 (27,536 votes)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (26,556 votes)
- Fallout 3 (26,541 votes)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (24,313 votes)
- Mass Effect 3 (24,054)
Personally, I think the likes of Forza and Gears of War are a bit of a longshot, no pun intended, as Microsoft wouldn’t want to kill off anticipation for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, by allowing fans to play the original versions prior to the remaster, as it could potentially damage sales. It’s understandable, as annoying as that may seem.
What game do you want to see being made backwards compatible, or do you think the service is a waste of time and resources?
[Source: Xbox Uservoice]