News – Xbox One getting backwards compatibility

June 15, 2015 by  
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It’s always rather sad when a new console is released and it doesn’t feature backwards compatibility, as it means that you have to hold on to your old consoles in order to play the games. This was of course true with both the Xbox One and the PS4, but Microsoft have revealed at their E3 conference that a native backwards compatibility feature is going to be added to the Xbox One this autumn.

To begin with, the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility will support 100 games, but support for hundreds more will be added after that first batch. Digital games will automatically show up in your Xbox One library, but you can also verify your games by popping them in the console’s disc drive. Xbox Preview members are able to try out the backwards compatibility now, before everyone else.

Sony’s answer to backwards compatibility is of course their upcoming PlayStation Now service as well as remasters, although none of these are free, and Microsoft had to take a subtle knock at their rival during the announcement, saying that they aren’t going to be charging for games that you already own.