Just over a month after Xbox 360 backward compatibility arrived on the Xbox One platform, bringing 104 games along with it, Microsoft has announced the second wave of last-generation titles to be supported by the new console. The 16 Xbox 360 games — which include Halo: Reach, the fifth most-requested title according to Microsoft's user voting page, with nearly 95,000 votes — will work on your Xbox One, effective today.
You can find the full list sorted to the top of the chart at the bottom of this post.
Accompanying today's list was some information on how backward compatibility has been received over the last month. Major Nelson's post says "more than 9 million hours" have been spent playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One with the most popular games being "Fallout 3, Gears of War 3, Just Cause 2, Assassin’s Creed II and DiRT 3."
Notably not included in Microsoft's update today is Sacred 3. While Major Nelson points out, "all Xbox 360 games available through Games with Gold after Nov. 12, such as the recently available Sacred 3, are playable on Xbox One" the title does not appear in the official list of supported games. We've added it to our list after verifying that the title was, in fact, available to download on Xbox One.
Some other notable ways of slicing the data:
- A full 75 percent of the new additions are Xbox Live Arcade titles. Since these titles were always distributed digitally, they magically appear on your console if you purchased them on your Xbox 360. But since they're lower-priced titles, they also represent a smaller risk for the publishers releasing them. Speaking of which ...
- Nearly 70 percent of the titles added today — 11 out of 16! — are published by Microsoft. The overall percentage for all 120 games is almost 50 percent. Of course, we expect Microsoft to support its own initiative, but a quick perusal of the most requested titles at Xbox.UserVoice.com reveals plenty of high-profile titles not yet confirmed for compatibility, that aren't published by Microsoft.