Xbox One backwards compatibility confirmed by Microsoft

Microsoft has officially confirmed that it’s bringing backwards compatibility to the Xbox One and it’ll be free to use

In a clear swipe at Sony and its PlayStation Now service, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has revealed that you’ll be able to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One.

Announced at the company’s E3 2015 press conference, you’ll be able to play Xbox 360 online games and disc games via a download.

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There’ll be 100 games initially available with Microsoft confirming that it has plans to add another 100 titles at a later date. EA has confirmed it’s adding games from its back catalogue, while Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2 will be among the first Xbox 360 games to get the backwards compatibility treatment.

Unlike PlayStation Now on the PS4, the catalogue of games will be free and will support many of the console’s features like the ability to take screenshots during a game using Kinect.

Xbox One backwards compatibility will be available now for Xbox Preview members with a small selection of games and will roll out for the Holidays, which means it’ll arrive before the end of the year.

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