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Xbox One Backwards Compatability Update: January 2016

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Continuing the pressure on the one leg up Microsoft has on the PS4, another handful of titles have been added to the Xbox One’s 360 emulator. This time around, the bulk of the games are arcade titles instead of traditionally released games. An interesting twist to this is that it addresses another qualm PS4 owners have with their system: their downloaded PS3 titles will not work with the system. Given that Microsoft is now making an effort to emulate both retail and download-only titles, Sony should be hard pressed to find a better solution to compete. Though there was a tentative revelation of PS2 backwards compatibility last year, this resulted in certain titles having their code reworked and up-scaled to 1080p, along with the titles having to be re-bought on the Playstation Store. Points to Microsoft.

The titles in this newest release are:

  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Counter Strike: Global Operations
  • Jeremy McGrath Offroad
    Sam & Max Save the World
  • Skullgirls
  • Small Arms
  • Soulcalibur
  • Space Giraffe
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Counter Strike: Global Operations Image: CalixTech News

There are quite a lot of noteworthy titles in this bunch, especially some worth picking up if you missed them on the Xbox 360. CS:GO is one of the best tactical shooters available today. Though the 360 port of the game is lacking in comparison to the heavily updated PC version, there still a small community of players who enjoy the game on the 360 and it is still plenty fun to play. Consider it an evolution of CS on the original Xbox. Skullgirls also gets an honorable mention, blending solid 2D fighting gameplay with an incredibly sleek, cartoonish and lewd presentation. Given an Art Deco theme with various occult and steampunk references, Skullgirls is a rather interesting title that looks as great as it plays.


Skullgirls Image: CalixTech News

Another side of this focus on downloadable titles over retail releases is recent revelation that some 360 titles do not run very well on the Xbox One. It has been reported that certain titles such as Gears of War: Judgment and Halo: Reach suffered such crippling framerate issues that the games are nearly unplayable. This is a real bummer for fans of Halo: Reach as it is the only title in the series that was not given an HD re-release on the Xbox One. Microsoft may be releasing the smaller, downloadable games as placeholders while they sort out the issues with the backwards compatibility performance issues.

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