Behind the scenes Microsoft has been elevating their game on the backwards compatibility front. They’ve added a few more games to the roster and they’re some real worthwhile titles.
GrabitMagazine spotted the updated games list and some of the new additions that stood out on that list, which includes games like The Witcher II and the Fable sequels.
Games like BioShock and Borderlands have also made the cut, as well as other AAA titles like Saints Row and both Dark Souls games. Smaller titles like Shadow Complex and Hexic HD have also been included. Sonic Adventure 2 and Dynasty Warriors 8 are also on the list along with Rainbow Six Vegas and its sequel. Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell games that were made for the Xbox 360 have also been added to the compatibility list.
The list is filling out quite nicely.
However, you might notice that some very popular games aren’t on the list… namely Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption and Activision’s Call of Duty games. Apparently there’s some behind-the-scenes scuffles going on regarding Activision allowing Microsoft to make the Call of Duty titles backwards compatible for the Xbox One. I understand that they only want to sell the new games, but enabling backwards compatibility opens up the floodgates for gamers who haven’t played the earlier entries to either go out and buy the old games from brick and mortar retailers or download the games from the digital storefront.
Anyway, Microsoft promised that there would be at least 100 games available via backwards compatibility for the Xbox One come this holiday season and throughout the early quarters of 2016 100 more games will be made available.
You can check out the full list of Xbox One backwards compatible games to get an idea of what is and what isn’t on the list (for now). And stay tuned in for more news and updates regarding Microsoft expanding the feature for their latest home console.