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Xbox on backwards compatibility: “Many told us it would be impossible”

Xbox’s Mike Ybarra has taken to Xbox Wire to talk backwards compatibility.

“The ability to play Xbox 360 titles on Xbox One has been one of the most-voted-for consumer feature requests,” Ybarra confirmed. “At a fundamental level, we believe that consumers should be able to play their content on the devices they own.

“We love our Xbox 360 customers – their passion, their feedback, their loyalty. We, ourselves, love playing Xbox 360 games!  All of these factors resonate deeply with the Xbox engineering team. The net result is that backward compatibility has been something the team and I have been passionate about delivering. We knew it would be an enormous engineering challenge, and many people told us it would be impossible. However, the team had conviction, and delivered. This is what I love most about Xbox: We’re all gamers, and fan feedback fuels our passion.”

Just over twenty games are currently available in the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program. The program is only available to Xbox One Preview Program members, though everyone will get access in time for the holiday season.



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