In a surprise move not predicted by even the staunchest of remake and remaster fans, came word this morning that Microsoft will adding backwards compatibility to the Xbox One console. Which, you guessed it, will result in the ability to play Xbox 360 games, digitally or via retail disc.
And with seemingly no restrictions or additional costs. Saved games via the cloud will also transfer seamlessly, as will any achievements accrued.
In addition to all that Xbox 360 games will also take advantage of Xbox One features like video and screenshot functionality and streaming to Windows 10.
Plus, even more surprisingly, cross-platform multiplayer.
Xbox One backwards comparability is slated to launch with over 100 titles later this year, with hundreds to be added each month.
Supported titles confirmed so far include:
- Banjo Kazooie: N n B
- Defense Grid
- Geometry Wars Evolved
- Hexic HD
- Jetpac Refuelled
- Mass Effect
- Perfect Dark
- Perfect Dark Zero
- Small Arms
- Super Meat Boy
- Toy Soldiers
- Toy Soldiers: Cold War
- Viva Piñata
- Viva Piñata: TIP
Huge news, and in a way kind of makes all the recent remasters and remakes of games only a few years old feel a little redundant.