Xbox One is Taking a Step Backward

I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Microsoft scheduled its latest Xbox innovation for November with the 22nd being the launch date for both the One and 360 – two and ten years ago, respectively. This next step hits a bit earlier – on the 12th – but stands to have an equally relevant impact on how you play your video games.

Microsoft received an enormous amount of criticism during its launch of the Xbox One for initially designing the platform to function as a digital only outlet. After an outpouring of negativity from gamers and retailers alike, Microsoft changed core elements to the One’s OS keeping physical discs as an option along side their digital download counterparts. The software giant still seems to carry a black mark for the occurrence much more than them getting credit for responding to the wants of its target audience as well as the outlets who sell the boxed copies of games.

Currently you could accurately say that the PS4 is winning the current gen console war based on sales, but both are wildly successful in their own right, setting sales records month after month. What Xbox is doing, that Sony has never put high on their priority list, is making it possible to play the past generation’s games. Well, some of them.

Just like with the 360 and original Xbox, you will be able to play select titles that have been ported to the current generation by their publisher. Simply switch to the 360 dashboard on your Xbox One, download the game to your external hard drive – we all know you’ve already filled the internal HD – and play. As we quickly approach the sell-by date for both the 360 and PS3, Microsoft is keeping a portion of your library relevant. November 12th is the launch date for this OS upgrade with 104 titles set and ready to go if you’ve got the 360 disk or download already in your possession. Below is the complete list of initial games being made available for importing. Another handful will be released in December and likely each following month until the still relevant titles are spoken for.

After looking through the list, click on over to Facebook and tell us what games you’re excited to play on the One and which ones you don’t see on the list that you aren’t ready to give up just yet.

Initial 104 Titles:


 

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Asteroids & Deluxe
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Borderlands
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Castle Crashers
  • CastleStorm
  • Centipede & Millipede
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • DiRT 3
  • DiRT Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Dungeon Siege III
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Fable II
  • Fallout 3
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Golden Axe
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic HD
  • Ikaruga
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Just Cause 2
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Lode Runner
  • LUMINES LIVE!
  • Mass Effect
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Missile Command
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
  • Monkey Island: Special Edition
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • Mutant Blobs Attack!!!
  • N+
  • NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
  • NiGHTS into dreams…
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Pac-Man: Championship Edition
  • Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Prince of Persia
  • Putty Squad
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Shadow Complex
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas
  • Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas 2
  • Torchlight
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Zuma

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Michael Pellegrini

Michael is a classic example of a child trapped in an adult's body - and I use the word "adult" very, very loosely. With interests ranging from comic books and movies to theater and fine art, Mike has followed humble journalistic beginnings that have led to interviews, reviews, news write-ups and opinion - though it's ever changing - pieces covering those same interests. All of that brings us here, to a site where a community of like-minded geeks can inform the rest of the world on the topics we adore. And on the personal side of things, Michael squeezes time for his lovely wife and house full of dogs between all the comic reading and video game playing.

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