The announcement of Xbox One becoming backward compatible with Xbox 360 games was certainly one of the more exciting ones at this years E3, and arguably the highlight of Microsoft’s press briefing. Alas, unfortunately the likelihood is that not all Xbox 360 games will be playable. Speaking to OXM, Microsfot Corporate VP Kudo Tsunoda explains why.

“So, we’ll start with 100 titles this autumn, and we’ll be adding titles as time goes by. At some point we’re going to need to get – obviously – the permission of the owners of the content, the publishers and the developers. So 100% is always a hard thing to achieve in anything. There’s a possibility for some outliers, but we’re really going to work on getting the biggest catalogue of games on any platform onto Xbox One via not only our exclusive blockbuster titles that we’re delivering this fall, but also our indie games plus backward compatibility. Again, that’s just enormous value for gamers.”

Potentially one of the reasons why it could be so difficult to get permission from the appropriate parties to have their games on Xbox One would be because many publishers or developers from the seventh generation of consoles are now defunct. For instance, it’s not been made clear if any THQ games will be available on the Xbox One. Time will tell.

  • Godzilla

    Ah…. I remember Megaman Legends 2 on PSN ….same problems. And I heard there is a COD Remastered Collection on the horizon just like the Master Chief Collection.

    • bigevilworldwide1 .

      Ummmm Mega Man Legends 1 and 2 aren’t on PSN because of licensing issues with the music and English voice overs in the US versions….It has nothing to do with Capcom being greedy or whatever retarded conspiracy theory crap, especially considering Capcom HAS EXPLAINED THAT FACT

      • Godzilla

        “Capcom being greedy or whatever retarded conspiracy theory crap” – you said that not me.

        • Davi123

          Ah… XBots… XBots…

  • Maxcer Maxcer

    looks like Microsoft is realizing the glory days are behind them and they’re trying to bring some of that Gen7 magic to the Xb1.

    • ShoNuff

      more like fans don’t want to leave their game collections behind. It was the most voted upon thing fans wanted.

      • Guest

        Why would anybody who doesn’t want to leave their collection behind do so? If they really wanted to keep their collection then why wouldn’t they keep their system? Some of you people really make no sense at all.

        • Guest

          Its a bullsh’t argument. Really what people want is to be able to keep their collection but get rid off (read: sell) their system.

          • Davi123

            o.O That doesn’t make any sense guest number two! I never meet anyone that wanted do that, because is stupid! I have seen who throw away their broken PS1, instead of repair them, because they had the PS2 that had 100% BC.

        • OC Guy

          I still have my collection but it will be nice to just have one system instead of two. A lot less wires and controllers not to mention the 360 itself taking up space.

        • ShoNuff

          Makes perfect sense. Why should I have stacks of systems laying around because you don’t like the idea of BC. And disliking any feature that adds value is only something a moron does.

  • DarthDiggler

    @Steve Wright

    Potentially one of the reasons why it could be so difficult to get permission from the appropriate parties to have their games on Xbox One would be because many publishers or developers from the seventh generation of consoles are now defunct.

    PS2 and PS3 both had backward compatibility and they didn’t need any permission slips signed by any publisher to do so.

    Likely some game won’t make it because the emulation won’t work for those titles.

    • cbns

      Are we talking about PS3’s BC in release models or emulated BC from PSN? PSN is still missing lots of greatest PS1/PS2 games because copyrights, emulation problems etc.

    • bigevilworldwide1 .

      Uh PS2 and PS3 had actual BC not emulation there is a major difference…..PS2 had PS1 guts inside, 20gb and 60gb PS3 had PS2 guts inside

  • Zarbor

    The biggest issue with BC is the people who continue to buy remastered version of an older game. Once they see that money is still to be made on these games they will not want to allow BC.

    • OC Guy

      But how many remastered games actually come out? It has only been a handful of AAA games that sold millions each. There are hundreds of very good games that didn’t sell millions each that will never see an HD remake that would see continued life with this to where the developers might even see some DLC or season pass sales. I don’t see many issues with this. If MS doesn’t get to 100% that will be too bad, but if they get reasonable close it will still be a huge success.

      • Davi123

        They don’t will get 100% of BC. 50%, with a lots of work, money and lucky.

      • anonymous

        30% at best. Probable the program will be dead at this time of next year..

  • MadMen

    proud of Phil, he has turned around and changed Xbox forever and will take it into the future.

  • Fayxz

    if devs want to remaster a good game then i’m fine with it as long as they a do a good job, if not then i expect the original to be backwards compatible.

    the gears of war 1 remaster looks ugly compared to the original. so i expect the original gow1 to be BC

  • OC Guy

    Depends, I could see some developers excited about this option. Will open up the potential to sell the games to a newer gen of gamers or by keeping the game alive potentially selling DLC that may not have been purchased during the initial release. Regardless, even if MS can get 75% of all the games released on 360 to be emulated that just adds one more substantial option to the overall package. Can’t say one thing bad about it. Throw in potential to stream PC games as well as cross system play on some newer titles and it just gets better.

  • Truthhurts24

    Microsoft should have made sure all the 360 titles were playable before announcing this feature at E3 smdh. Always one step forward and two steps back with this company.

    • IrritibleGamer

      Doesn’t matter what they do some people will never be satisfied.

      • Truthhurts24

        Im satisfied with the X1 best console in my opinion but I don’t like when companies underdeliver.

        • IrritibleGamer

          What the hell is the XBO under delivering on? Jeez, it has more big exclusives, features, apps, faster updates and better online – I don’t get it.

          • Truthhurts24

            This BC feature they are underdelivering bring more than just 100 titles a month. Cortana should be supported for headsets not just kinect and they need to change IE on the X1 to the new Microsoft Edge browser this is what they should do right now.

            • IrritibleGamer

              Yes Cortana should be accessible with headsets and I agree we should have Edge instead of crappy IE for the X1. I honestly believe that these things will happen in time. But as far as BC is concerned MS didn’t plan this it was choice made later on due to popular demand you have to understand that. With that said it will take time for the BC library to grow and there will be games that won’t come to the X1 for whatever reasons we’ll just have to accept that and hope that at least we’ll get all the popular titles.

              • Truthhurts24

                I hope your right about that because the X1 needs as much content as possible. They have to keep creating new ips and features to stay on top of the competition.

    • PhilipStevenHader

      You simpleton, did you even read what they said? It’s not possible to have all the titles playable for the system, how could they have guaranteed that? Jesus Christ.

      • Truthhurts24

        Yes I read it idiot if you would’ve comprehended what I posted I said before key word “before”. Microsoft should have been in talks with developers once they figured out the X1 could play 360 titles or announced this feature at a later time until they knew for sure most 3rd party devs were in agreement with them for full BC. Xbox Gamers shouldn’t have to put in a vote to see if their favorite 360 game will make it on the X1. If most 360 titles will not make it on X1 it wont matter to me, but it will to a lot other gamers and Microsoft should be worried about that.

        • IrritibleGamer

          Whoa! MS needs permission from developers before they can just go ahead make their game backward compatible on the XBO sometimes for whatever reason permission isn’t given or developers no longer exist, it happens there’s no guarantee here. Backward compatibility only happened because the majority of XBO fans asked for it and nothing more.

  • Jecht_Sin

    The defunct games? Really? But it’s not a problem for MS to still sell them for X360, is it? I’m using Darksiders only because THQ was mentioned:

    http://marketplace.xbox.com/it-IT/Product/Darksiders/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802545107e6

    So, who’s getting the money? A ghost? Nice excuse, as usual.

    • kma99

      Where you born dumb or what?

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