Three New Xbox 360 Games Added to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program

By Staff Writer , Updated Mar 29, 2016 01:43 AM EDT
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Three new Xbox 360 games have been added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility program.

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb announced the news on his Twitter page. The recently added games are "SoulCalibur II," "The King of Fighters '98," and "Halo Wars," which was previously confirmed to be part of the program.

Microsoft has added new games to the program twice during the last two weeks, which are "Assassin's Creed," "Dark Void," "Dark Souls," and "Tekken Tag Tournament 2," GameSpot reported. According to the tech giant, there is no definite schedule for the titles' release, and games will be added to the lineup as soon as they are ready.

Check out the 140-plus titles included in the Xbox One backwards compatibility program here.

Microsoft in Talks with Major Publishers and Developers

Microsoft said that fans shouldn't lose hope regarding their favorite Xbox 360 games, such as "Red Dead Redemption," making their way to the program. The company cited licensing agreements as one of the issues why some Xbox 360 titles are not in the lineup yet.

"After the technological breakthrough that got backwards compatibility working, the next step was to figure out how to license all this content, originally released on Xbox 360, for Xbox One," Microsoft engineer Richard Irving told Eurogamer. "As you can imagine, publishers have cut very specific deals on some of that content. For example 'Madden'--you can imagine how many licenses go into a game with the players, the NFL, sponsors, and so on. And there's over 1000 games at this point on Xbox 360."

Fans have been clamoring for "Red Dead Redemption" to be included in the program, a separate report from GameSpot noted. As of late, the game garnered more than 130,000 votes on the Xbox Feedback page, trailing behind "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "Skyrim."

However, Xbox 360 Kinect titles will surely not head to the Xbox One backwards compatibility lineup because the two platforms have different Kinect cameras, the news outlet added.

Xbox 360 Games Available for Purchase from Xbox One

Earlier this month, Hryb wrote on his blog that Xbox 360 games are now available for purchase from the Xbox One backwards compatibility program.

"Find and purchase Xbox 360 backward compatible games the same way you would Xbox One titles and, once purchased, Xbox 360 Backward Compatible content will automatically download to your Xbox One and be ready to play," according to the blog update.

Other updates are the inclusion of Party Chat in Twitch broadcasts, the ability to output Party Chat to headset and speakers at once, and video playback in the Xbox One Activity Feed, among others, Hryb's blog listed.

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