Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Reaches New Milestone on First Anniversary
210 million hours and counting.
The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature launched a year ago this month with the New Xbox One Experience update. In celebration of the birthday, Microsoft's Major Nelson today published a blog post in which he revealed that people have spent 210 million hours playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One since the feature launched. This is up from 145 million hours as of August 2016.
There are now more than 280 Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One; a handful of games were added this week, including Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and Skate 3. That last game, which was highly requested by fans, arrived today, November 10. Microsoft will host a livestream event dedicated to the game this Friday, November 11, beginning at 1 PM PT through Twitch and Beam.
The top five most-requested games for backwards compatibility on the Xbox Feedback site are, in order, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Games announced for the program but not yet delivered include BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. All Xbox 360 Games With Gold titles since backwards compatibility launched are playable on Xbox One.
No further Xbox One backwards compatibility games have been announced, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer teased recently that November is going to be a "great" month for new additions.
In other news about Xbox backwards compatibility, Microsoft engineering lead Mike Ybarra said recently that Project Scorpio will "of course" support backwards compatibility.
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