Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Adding Four Halo Games; All DLC Will Be Free

Get all those map packs for free!

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It's been a while since we've heard anything major about the Halo series. Developer 343 Industries is presumably deep in development on Halo 6, but it hasn't said anything official about the game just yet. In spite of this radio silence, the studio still is working on some nice stuff for the Halo community: it announced today that four Xbox 360 Halo titles will be made backwards compatible on Xbox One.

Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will all be made playable on Xbox One later this year. Both campaign and multiplayer will be accessible on Xbox One; 343 Industries even announced that the games will support cross-generation LAN connections, meaning that you can connect an Xbox 360 and an Xbox One together to play some local multiplayer.

In addition, once the games are made backwards compatible, every one of their DLC packs will be free to download, as well. This ensures that the player bases won't be fragmented and that every player will have access to every map released across the titles.

These games are all already playable on Xbox One via The Master Chief Collection, which includes Halo: CE Anniversary, a Halo 2 remaster, Halo 3, and Halo 4 all running at 60 frames per second. It contains every multiplayer map, as well. A few months after the Master Chief Collection launched, 343 Industries also released a version of Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One that runs at 60 frames per second.

Nonetheless, this is a nice gesture to Halo fans who may not have picked up the Master Chief Collection but still have all the 360 games. If you own a copy of one of these four games, you can simply put one of the disks in your Xbox One to play once they're made available. They'll also be available to buy and download individually if you don't already own them.

In other news, at E3 2017, Microsoft announced that some original Xbox games will soon be made backwards compatible on Xbox One. The company even detailed how you'll be able to play Halo 2 LAN multiplayer with an original Xbox connected to an Xbox 360, an Xbox One, and an Xbox One X. In addition, Halo 5: Guardians will receive a 4K patch for Xbox One X.

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@furryraccoon: save the Xbox brand?

1: Less than 10% of PS4 and Xbox owners buy exclusives so exclusives have very little to do with console success this generation.

2: MS is worth $530 billion the Xbox division accounts for 11% of its total revenue do the math the Xbox brand is going nowhere nor does it need saving.

3: XBL makes a lot more money than any other gaming network.

http://m.neogaf.com/showthread.php?t=1372905

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@Furryraccon: numbers don't lie less than 10% of Xbox and PS4 owners buy console exclusives. The PS4 is outselling the X1 because I was $100 cheaper while being more powerful and it released in a lot more markets than the X1 in fact the X1 had more exclusives than the PS4 in the first 2 years so there goes that.

And yes there is a gaming division at MS and it is responsible for 11% of their total revenue so that's how much it is worth to MS.

https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-says-xbox-growing-profitability-monetizes-far-gaming-networks/

http://gamingbolt.com/xbox-is-too-profitable-for-microsoft-to-quit-the-market-michael-pachter

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Master Chief Collection, hello?!

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@OneStrong2: Didn't buy it, have the originals on shelf, profit

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum: I bought it for 8 bucks on cdkeys.com now it's 11 something.

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Nice 343 very nice. Also I don't know if Gamespot have already reported this (probably not knowing how much the like to lick playstation balls) but Halo 5 Guardians is getting a 4K update on XBOX. And the ponies said it couldn't do 4K 60??✌

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@gamerbum: still didn't bought it. Is it any good? Allot of people say don't bother. I only will play its single player story mode by the way.

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@gamerbum: Some games still can't do even 900p 30fps. That's due to lazy/incompetent developer

Unfortunately the way Spencer announced things it might mean a bunch of games will be 4k60fps, most will vary somewhere between 30-60 and 1080-4 and some will even fall behind from that.

I don't really mind because like Spencer said it's much more important to have nicer graphics, more AI etc instead of those 2 buzz words, but still wildly fluctuating standards can be an issue.

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Or you can just play the Halo master collection....

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@King_Pazuzu: MCC doesn't include ODST's Firefight mode, it's just the campaign. So there's at least one reason

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@King_Pazuzu: That still has some iffy framerate/frame pacing issues though in sections. Unless you switch back to original whilst in the warthog anyway.

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I love odst. It's got such a cool atmosphere and feel to it. The music and night time andu the flashback levels are awesome. For me halo was an aquired taste. I hated it at first. Halo 3 was the first halo I played all the way through and was after I had played cod 4 in 07 so it felt super old in comparison , didn't look as good, no iron sites. But in hind sight after years and playing all the other halos I finally got it and realized just how great these games are even if not the best looking. There's just something about them such as the big open areas compared to other shooters of their time

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This is slightly off topic. When playing Halo 4 single player campaign on MCC; whenever I pause the game, I lose all sound upon resuming. This only started happening after 343 started releasing updates to patch the multiplayer. This is a huge game breaking bug for me, unless I never pause my game or don't care about having sound. Has anyone else encountered this, or know of a fix?? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Cool beans. I never finish playing ODST and now I can. I get why it's not included in the Master Chief collections but still kinda wish it did.

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@tonyleo01: What rock have you been living under?

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@PSYCHOV3N0M: This rock called other things in life that's not video games?

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@tonyleo01: Sooo you imply that you're incapable of keeping up with gaming news on a regular basis like many of the rest of us who also work and pay bills &/or support a spouse/kids?

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@PSYCHOV3N0M: pretty much. I'm lame like that or whatever makes you happy.

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@tonyleo01: ODST is in the MCC. You can either buy it for $5 or if you bought the MCC within the first few months of release. All those players got it for free.

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@olander: oh snap. I totally forgot about that. I remember missing that for some reason or another.

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@tonyleo01: I loved the old Halo games but for me probably the best (apart from Halo CE itself) was ODST. Great game. Enjoy.

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Xbox=Halo.

i Hope y'all xboners have fun playing the same game over and over again.

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@expredator: xboners... are you 11 years old? Where is your mother?

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@korno96: the fact that you think I'm 11 and that creative makes your post look like a compliment.

Thank you.

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@expredator: Probably not as much enjoyment as you get repeating the same old tired lines over and over....

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@sealionact: doesn't make them less true tho

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@expredator: Speaks on the quality of the game if it's still popular years after release. I've only played through Uncharted 1 once back in 2013. I'd still play through Halo 3 if I'm in the mood today. But that's me. Results may vary.

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@expredator: fanboys=cancer

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@erictaylor: At least cancer can be treated

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@erictaylor: EricTaylor=fanboy

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@expredator: I like the original one , still go back to it from time to time but the anniversary version doesn't have the same sound effects the grunts made in the original which was far funnier.

Also i was annoyed the Xbox one version of Anniversary doesn't have 3D mode like the 360 version does for 3D tv's.

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@deviltaz35: Any news on if 3D is just going to work on the Xbone. I'm assuming it will be fine but I wouldn't mind seeing it written in stone. 3D is one of the biggest reasons why I was hoping Halo CEA would go backwards compatible. I was pissed when it never came to MCC. It was a feature that I thought for sure would make in to Halo 2A. There's still hope since they may go back and patch it in if VR ever comes to Xbone.

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@preacher001: i doubt it to be honest, 3D is not even on alot of new tv's as of 2016. It seems to be getting phased out which is a shame.

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@deviltaz35: I'm not sure if your comment is about Halo 1 anniversary having 3D or if it's about then patching it in on other versions of Halo. As for Halo 1 unless they intentionally remove it, 3D should automatically work as intended. I just wouldn't mind a little confirmation is all.

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@preacher001: I am not sure what i meant either come to think of it :) . I think i just meant they probably wouldn't bother worrying too much about 3d compatibility on the xbox 360 version for Xbox 1 as it would probably take longer to sort out and most people won't use the function. I'd like to be wrong though as i would like to see how it looks in 3D on xbox one backwards compatibility.

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@deviltaz35: So would I. It's too bad that even if it does just work out of the box it's too bad it will come with all the shortcomings that came with trying to make a game 3d on the 360. Like the massive resolution dive and the poor framerate. I can't imagine both of those weren't locked in the software, and it's not likely anyone would bother unlocking them now.

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@preacher001: Yeah it is odd that 3D is not more widely adopted. Personally i get a bigger kick out of it than 4k. Especially for cartoon movies.

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@expredator: unlike sony, you have to pay to play your old games. Microsoft is making them BC. I guess you like to repurchase your old games to play them again.

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@Jag-T1000: BC=no new games

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@expredator: gosh I love my ps4, but I hate fanboys so much.

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@tonyleo01: me too. All this early xbone fanboys lurking here. So annoying.

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this is awesome

although i just bought mcc

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MS is doing an excellent job with bc. I already have an X360 but this is good news for those who only have an XBOne

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@Silverline62: see i dont get this. Have you tried BC on the one or any apps that are on both? Everything works better on the one sound and picture quality is much improved.

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Cross Generation!!!!!!!! ON LAN???

Dammit.

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