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Xbox One will be backward compatible with Xbox 360 (update: here are the first games)

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Xbox One will be backward compatible with Xbox 360 games, Microsoft announced today at its E3 keynote event.

"The games you have invested your time and money in will be able to be played natively on your Xbox One," head of Xbox Phil Spencer said.

Users will have to have the original disc, play it in the slot drive, and download a digital edition to the Xbox One. One hundred games will be supported by this holiday.

"We won't charge you to play the games you already own," Microsoft said on stage. Members of the Xbox One preview program will have a selection games available now, with the general public seeing the feature by this holiday.

Per Microsoft, here are the games initially available for backward compatibility.

Banjo Kazooie: N n B



BattleBlock Theater

Defense Grid

Geometry Wars Evolved

Hexic HD

Jetpac Refuelled


Mass Effect

Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark Zero

Small Arms

Super Meat Boy

Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Viva Piñata

Viva Piñata: TIP

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