Friday, 19 June 2015 13:16

Microsoft “100 Percent Committed” To Expanding Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Featured

By Spandas Lui

Since Microsoft announced Xbox One backwards compatibility for Xbox 360, the news has been met with waves of enthusiasm. But with just 21 titles released for the beta, most of which are lesser known Xbox 360 games, it has raised a few questions around whether Microsoft has long term plan for Xbox One backwards compatibility.

Sure there’ll be 100 Xbox 360 available at launch but will they even be good? Will Microsoft stop at 100 titles?

The good news is, Microsoft has affirmed its commitment to the backwards compatibility program.

“We are fully committed to the program. We expect to have 100 titles when we launch it later in the year and hundred more following that,” Microsoft partner director of program management, Xbox and Windows Platform, Mike Ybarra, said at E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

“As we pick which games to choose [for backwards compatibility] we’re going to look at Xbox Live usage and we’re going to look at fan request.

“If you look at UserVoice right now (Microsoft’s virtual suggestion box) you’ll see there’s a page up there, fans are already requesting certain titles.”

Ybarra admits that while there weren’t any technical issues that stopped Xbox One from supporting Xbox 360 games, the biggest hurdle for getting games backwards compatible was getting the rights holders onboard.

“Really, it’s about us getting the publishers or developers to approve us putting the titles on the Xbox One system. Then the flow will start coming,” he said. “But we’re 100 percent committed to it. We’re in active conversations with them now.”

Backwards compatibility for Xbox One will be part of the software update for the console coming out later this year which will also include an overhaul of the Xbox Home dashboard.

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