Xbox One Backward Compatibility enjoys 'a huge amount of engagement'

Turns out people still like playing games more than two weeks old. Who knew?


Xbox One S boasts fancy new features like upscaling games to 4K resolution, but according to Microsoft, lots of consumers are equally content diving into the enormous catalog of Xbox 360 games.

"Xbox One Backward Compatibility has seen a huge amount of engagement since it launched last November, with more than 145 million hours played and 230+ titles in the library," according to Xbox GM of games marketing Aaron Greenberg.

Out of hundreds of titles available through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, two of the most popular are Call of Duty: Black Ops and Red Dead Redemption, both recently added to the list of older games playable on Xbox One and One S.

Microsoft has been on a roll lately. It sold out of the 2TB special edition of its Xbox One and will roll out several bundles on August 23: one with FIFA, one with Madden, and another with Halo 5 and the myriad titles in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. All that, and Xbox One outsold PS4 during the month of July, marking the first time Microsoft's come out on top in console sales since last fall.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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