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New Xbox One Experience, Backwards Compatibility Coming November 12

The night before the release of Halo 5: Guardians, some members of the Xbox team as well as a few developers from 343 Industries gathered for a livestream event to celebrate the game. At one point, Xbox head Phil Spencer showed up and announced some non-Halo news. The backwards compatibility feature introduced at E3, as well as the new Xbox One Experience, has a set release date of November 12.

Xbox introduced the so-called New Xbox One Experience back in September, which will not only change the home screen, but also make various processes easier such as sharing content, playing with friends, and dealing with notifications. Various improvements were also added on the entertainment side by keeping users abreast of current hit TV shows through OneGuide and upgrading the overall digital Store page.

On any other day, a brand new UI is an exciting change, but backwards compatibility easily takes the cake. The list of Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One continues to grow, with the latest notable addition being Criterion Games' Burnout Paradise. The popular, open-world racing game came out in 2008, and fans will be able to relive the nostalgia seven years later.

This also bodes well for fans of classic franchises such as Gears of War, as they will be able to play the classic series. If you picked up Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, you can also get the other games through a digital download if you bought it between August 25 and December 31, 2015.

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  • SteelCity1981
    that's great and all but I have a feeling that i'll be holding onto my xbox 360 for a while, seeing as there will be a nice some of games that I play on the 360 that prob will never be compatible with the xbox one console, since some of those game developers either went out of business, while other game developers simply won't choose to make their 360 game compatible with the xbox one seeing as backwards compatibility support will be left up to the game developers.
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  • hoofhearted
    If it were like Nintendo where I could simply just stick my disc in and it just works, great, but that is not the case. It will download a ported copy and require me to put in my disc to play. I think I will be holding on to my 360.
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  • gaborbarla
    I doubt my awesome XBOX 360 steering wheel will be supported which is kind of what makes forza fun.
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  • firefoxx04
    We have truly gone for full circle.

    First we want Xbox to be more PC like. M$ gave it an x86 cpu and it will even run Windows 10.

    Now we cry because of poor backwards compatibility as if we didnt know it would happen when we asked for an x86 cpu.

    As if PC does not have backwards compatibility issues. Some of my favorite old games will not run on Windows 7 +. I have to resort to using a VM and hoping that the graphics pass through will work fine or build an old school machine. Thats just how it is when tech evolves.
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  • Trialsking
    We have truly gone for full circle.

    First we want Xbox to be more PC like. M$ gave it an x86 cpu and it will even run Windows 10.

    Now we cry because of poor backwards compatibility as if we didnt know it would happen when we asked for an x86 cpu.

    As if PC does not have backwards compatibility issues. Some of my favorite old games will not run on Windows 7 +. I have to resort to using a VM and hoping that the graphics pass through will work fine or build an old school machine. Thats just how it is when tech evolves.

    Nailed it. All these console whiners......
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  • jrrdmchls
    People still use the xbox 360?
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  • jerrspud
    Backwards compatibility should have been a Day One feature. Seems like they are finally righting that ship. Next step should be hardware backwards compatibility. It's so stupid they want you to buy controllers all over again. It's also give 360 users zero reason to say with M$ if they have to buy all the hardware all over again.
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  • voljin
    Backwards compatibility should have been a Day One feature. Seems like they are finally righting that ship. Next step should be hardware backwards compatibility. It's so stupid they want you to buy controllers all over again. It's also give 360 users zero reason to say with M$ if they have to buy all the hardware all over again.

    The processor in the console is nowhere near powerful enough to emulate the xbox 360, it's just not going to happen
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