MICROSOFT HAS taken the fight to Sony with the news that the Xbox One console will soon be able to play Xbox 360 games.
The Xbox One's lack of backwards compatibility has been one of the biggest gripes with the console, and Microsoft has clearly cottoned on to this by announcing at E3 that support for Xbox 360 games is coming.
— Xbox (@Xbox) June 15, 2015
Microsoft said: "This fall we're launching Xbox One Backward Compatibility so you can play select Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.
"Best of all, Xbox One Backward Compatibility will be available at no additional charge, so you won’t have to pay to play games you already own.
"Not only is backward compatibility one of the most-requested fan features, it’s also part of our vision to provide the biggest and best games catalogue without limits, so you can get more out of the investment you’ve made in your game collection, and your games library is not limited to just one device."
Getting one up on the PlayStation 4, which allows users to play older games only via PlayStation Now streaming, Xbox One backwards compatibility will support digital downloads and physical games.
Gamers will also be able to make use of Xbox One features while playing older titles, including screenshots, GameDVR, broadcasting and Game Streaming to Windows 10.
Members of the Xbox Preview programme can access the feature now, and Microsoft said that there are 21 titles already available, including Gears of War, Super Meat Boy, Halo Reach, Halo 3, Shadowrun and Borderlands.
Microsoft explained that it should have more than 100 games ready for the programme when it launches for all this holiday season, and that all developers need to do is approve their games for the system to make them available.
Microsoft also unveiled a redesigned console interface during the E3 press conference that moves away from the previous Windows-type tiled interface and brings the Cortana voice assistant. µ
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