E3 2015: Microsoft Announces Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Phil Spencer took to the stage at the Xbox E3 Press Conference to announce Xbox One backwards compatibility.


When the Xbox One launched Microsoft made it clear that backwards compatibility wasn't a thing. This year, however, they've changed their stance and announced that starting this holiday season the Xbox One will fully allow for backwards compatibility, with an initial set of games going live for backwards play today. This means any games you own on disk, or in the digital store will be available to play on your Xbox One. Microsoft ended the announcement by stating that "We won't charge you for games you already own." This is a huge change in stance, and means a lot for those who have been holding onto their Xbox 360s since the release of the Xbox One in 2013.

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