Xbox One Still Getting Four Old Halo Games Through Backwards Compatibility

The Xbox 360-era games are still on the way, despite no major updates recently.

34 Comments

Related
Halo 3
Follow
Halo 4
Follow
Halo: Reach
Follow

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary are coming to Xbox One through backwards compatibility. We still don't know when they'll be added to the catalog, but fans can rest assured that Microsoft is still working on it. In the latest Halo weekly update, developer 343 gave an update on how it's coming along, starting off with, "Good news: back-compat is still a thing!"

The backwards compatibility team continues its efforts, "churning away on getting the titles prepared for public consumption on Xbox One hardware," 343 said. People internally at Microsoft have been play-testing the games in the past week.

However, there is still no word on when the games will actually be available.

Not only are all of those Halo games coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility, but all the map packs are, too. The only issue is that the Noble Map Pack for Halo: Reach is not free as it should be. 343 is working with the Xbox Store team to fix this.

The Halo 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. Halo 3: ODST was also released into the package.

In other Halo news, 343 is working on a 4K update for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One X. Microsoft's super-powered console launches in November.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 34 comments about this story
34 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for Cowbie
Cowbie

I got rid of my Xbox One when it was announced Halo would never have split screen again.

Maybe I'll consider picking it up again after they finally made the right decision to bring it back.

Avatar image for bubba_666
Bubba_666

Yawn, talk about desperation. I think most people have just kept their old 360's, like myself.

Avatar image for simonspearman86
simonspearman86

They should just concentrate on games that aren't already on the console. The Master Chief collection does the job better and this just seems a waste of resources and time.

Avatar image for hankosanko
hankosanko

hopefully with a 4k upgrade now that would be awesome

Avatar image for khanwashere
KhanWasHere

@hankosanko: That would be the Master Chief Collection and according to 7tizz, anyone that wants that must be a pony.

Avatar image for hankosanko
hankosanko

@khanwashere: @ Mogan @jerjef well halo 3 deserves it, since its been 10 year, just not remastered but only a 4k update

Avatar image for simonspearman86
simonspearman86

@hankosanko: To update it to 4k properly it would require a remaster as such. Even the Halo 5 4k update will most likely be filed with new textures. Other than that the One S and X will just upscale to 4k automatically.

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@hankosanko: I imagine that's pretty unlikely. If they were going to do something like that, they'd do it for the MCC.

Avatar image for jerjef
jerjef

@hankosanko: That would be a major undertaking because as opposed to X1 games which can be ported because they were written for the X1, BC games were written for the 360 so to get them to take advantage of the X1X power, the emulator would have to be changed.

Avatar image for danku_chan
Danku_chan

What about reach.... it wasnt my favorite but please.....

Aside from that I definitely wouldnt even call these games old, its only been a couple years, the first halo game hasnt even been out for twenty years yet. But maybe thats just because i actually play retro games and most of the market consider anything that came out last gen old...

Avatar image for biggamerdude
BigGamerDude

@danku_chan: reach was one of the first ones

Avatar image for freeryu
FreeRyu

@danku_chan: How is it your favorite when ya didnt know they added it like months ago lmao

Avatar image for danku_chan
Danku_chan

@freeryu: cuz i play 360 and PC.

Avatar image for jerjef
jerjef

@danku_chan: Reach is already BC.

Avatar image for jerjef
jerjef

Pointless article. "Hey did you happen to hear about the thing we reported forever ago that still has no new updates yet to report? Well there's still nothing new, but while you're here, let's talk about the topic in general in case you never heard of video games before."

Well at least you got my click, but my ad blocker ensures you ain't gettin' no revenue.

Avatar image for Zazabar
Zazabar

@jerjef: Most of his articles are like this. If you see any article on what resolution a game runs at, it's a good chance it's his.

Master Journalist at work, lol

Avatar image for jerjef
jerjef

@Zazabar: Oh yeah, Eddie Makuch, the king of click bait.

Avatar image for hacker_fc
HaCkEr_Fc

That's why I prefer Microsoft ecosystem. All your games that you've spent $$$$$$ are compatible on future Xbox consoles

Avatar image for PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

@hacker_fc: Both PS4 and X1 have their strengths and weaknesses.

Avatar image for darksouls
darksouls

Cool, the old Halos are still a blast to play, especially with some friends when you all have a weekend off!

Avatar image for Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@darksouls: I would love to have old-time LAN parties once per month, but I'm happy enough to manage 1 per year now (during the holidays). Fortunately there are enough MP titles w/4-player co-op that LAN isn't required anymore, but getting everyone in one place is great fun.

Avatar image for khanwashere
KhanWasHere

Ill be interested when they provide forwards compatibility for the Xbox One X.

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@7tizz: Calm down fanboy, you're tilting at windmills here.

Avatar image for khanwashere
KhanWasHere

@7tizz: I hear Guam is lovely this time a year, do us all a favor and take a well deserved vacation there.

Avatar image for spectrexr1
spectreXr1

@7tizz: gt sport vs Forza Motorsport 7..can't wait to see who comes out on top .

Avatar image for freeryu
FreeRyu

@spectrexr1: 60 million PS4s out there, GT Sport is probably gonna outsell it.

Avatar image for jerjef
jerjef

@freeryu: Oh we're talking about sale numbers here, not actual product quality. Well math always prevails. Driveclub was a mess of a racer and still sold over 2 mill. Polyphony could release a PoS racer and still sell based on hype and the lack of good sim racers on the platform.

Avatar image for freeryu
FreeRyu

@jerjef: We aint talk sales but that was still kinda my point.

They could take a steamy shit, throw it into the game case and people will say its better than everything lol.

Avatar image for jerjef
jerjef

@spectrexr1: Well to be honest that one is almost clear cut. Graphically Forza 7 has the edge. Content wise it also comes out on top. Sound wise, from what we've heard, it also wins. If they just stick with the same handling engine as well, there's no chance for GT Sport.

Avatar image for elmarine2064
elmarine2064

@7tizz: Dude, you're telling KhanWasHere that he's a Sony fan boy and is commenting on an Xbox post. I guess your hypocrisy only goes so high huh, because I've seen you post Xbox fanboy comments on Sony posts. Practice what you preach.

Online
Avatar image for khanwashere
KhanWasHere

@elmarine2064: He does practice his douchebaggery. As many times as I've stuck my neck out to defend the Xbox One X he consistently remains a complete ass hole. I'm called a fanboy for wanting 4K version to play on the Xbox One X on my 4K TV apparently. Typical from that clown.

Avatar image for joshrmeyer
JoshRMeyer

@khanwashere: Yeah, from every comment I read from you about the Xbox One X seems positive. You even said you're getting one. Tizz is like that anti-missle system shooting down birds.

Avatar image for jerjef
jerjef

@7tizz: But you can't play them on anything other than a PS and in the end that's all that matters because forcing the consumer to buy multiple platforms is the essence of "For the gamers".