On Thursday, Xbox celebrated one year of backwards compatibility on Xbox One. Announced at E3 in 2015, the feature allowed Xbox One fans to replay their favourite Xbox 360 games simply by putting in the disc, installing it, or downloading their digital game to their console. Now after one full year, gamers have over 280 games to choose from.
And it hasn’t stopped just yet. This week, we received the two Mass Effect sequels thanks to EA, Bioware and of course, N7 day on Monday. If you’re an EA Access subscriber, you can access them from the Vault. Also this week, a personal favourite of mine, Guardian Heroes, which was a Sega Saturn title remastered for Xbox 360 became backwards compatible too. My week was made.
On the day of the one year anniversary, Xbox announced that Skate 3, one of the most commonly and oft requested titles would be backwards compatible. In conjunction with that, EA and Xbox have allowed one of its DLC packs, the San Van Party Pack DLC to be made free from November 10th to the 20th. Great news for fans. The game is also selling cheap digitally, if you fancy reliving your teenage years on a skateboard!
Other popular titles have come over the course of the last year, with Blue Dragon, Call of Duty Black Ops, and the excellent Red Dead Redemption from Rockstar Games. What more do you need? Well, as it stands, people are still awaiting on backwards compatibility on the likes of Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Skyrim, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and outside of the Call of Duty series, people are requesting Grand Theft Auto IV, Assassin’s Creed 2, Bioshock Infinite (which is confirmed as getting the backwards compatible treatment, despite having a remastered release available), Battlefield 3 and Elder Scrolls Oblivion.
You can see the full list of requests here. Do you take advantage of backwards compatibility, and if so, is there a game you’re waiting for to join the list?