After teasing that the next batch of Xbox One backward-compatible games would be announced "very soon," Microsoft has now followed through on that promise. The company today unveiled 16 new Xbox 360 games that are now playable on Xbox One through the feature. Scroll down below the image to see all of the games, but spoiler alert: Red Dead Redemption is sadly not one of them.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Doritos Crash Course
- Fable III
- Halo: Reach
- Hydro Thunder
- Iron Brigade
- Kane & Lynch 2
- Motocross Madness
- Ms. Pac Man
- Portal: Still Alive
- Splosion Man
- Ticket to Ride
- Zuma's Revenge
November's New Xbox One Experience update introduced backwards compatibility support (and lots of other new features) with an initial lineup of 104 games. Microsoft has pledged to release new games to the lineup on a regular basis. In addition to the games announced today, we're expecting more next year.
In past interviews, Microsoft management has said backward compatibility should help boost Xbox One console sales, though what effect the feature has had in this department remains to be seen.
Microsoft also announced today that, since backward compatibility support arrived on November 12, people have logged more than 9 million hours playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. The most popular backward compatibility games, so far at least, are Fallout 3, Gears of War 3, Just Cause 2, Assassin's Creed II, and Dirt 3.
With close to 130,000 votes, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the most-requested Xbox 360 games for Xbox One backward compatibility on the Xbox Feedback website. Rounding out the top five are The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Halo: Reach (a Microsoft game). With the exception of Halo: Reach, Microsoft has not yet delivered the other top-requested games.
There is no guarantee that Microsoft ever will, either, as whether or not games are added to the backward compatibility lineup is decided by individual publishers. Back in November, Microsoft said it is holding discussions with all major publishers and developers, including Rockstar Games.
For more on Xbox One backward compatibility and the New Xbox One Experience, you can check out GameSpot's interview with Microsoft's Mike Nichols.
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