36 Microsoft backflips, announces Xbox One backward compatibility

Mike Ybarra is head of Platform Engineering at Xbox, and today he told the gaming world all about one of Microsoft‘s best-kept secrets – after more than a year of saying it couldn’t be done, the Xbox One really is backwards compatible, so you can play all your Xbox 360 games on your next-gen console.

Now on Xbox One

Now on Xbox One

Technically, it was Phil Spencer who broke the news, but Ybarra confirmed the details. It looks like it really is as simple as just putting your old disc in your new console and away you go. No need for updates (although we might have heard him say something about downloads), and overall, a seamless experience. And the best thing? It’s free! You’ve already bought the games once, you don’t need to buy them again.

A selected set of titles is available right now for Xbox Preview members – and these will be available to everyone by the end of the year. (We’re assuming Microsoft will share this list with us shortly.) Moving forward, it apparently is a matter of developers simply saying “yes” to backwards compatibility – Microsoft will do the heavy lifting and make sure the game’s properly playable on the new hardware.

As well as the list of titles, we’re hoping Microsoft sends over some solid specs later today – and as soon as we get ’em, we’ll pass ’em on to you!

E3 2015 continues unabated – tune in to see the latest action from Los Angeles, live!

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