Xbox One's First Wave of Compatible Xbox 360 Games Has Hidden Gems But Not Fans' Most Wanted Titles

Starting tomorrow this week, over 100 games originally made for the Xbox 360 will be playable on the Xbox One. But the titles that garnered the most votes in a Microsoft user poll are missing.

If you were hoping you’d be able to play last-gen classics like Red Dead Redemption or Halo: Reach on your Xbox One tomorrow November 12, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Microsoft has published a list of the first batch of Xbox 360 games coming to the Xbox One backwards compatibility program. It’s a mix of big-company and indie titles, with well-loved games like Castle Crashers, Viva Pinata and Ikaruga.

But some fan-favorite titles are conspicuous in their absence. The announcement of backwards compatibility was one of Microsoft’s biggest surprises at this year’s E3 and the makers of Xbox launched a site where fans could vote for the games that they wanted to join the backwards compatibility program. None of the top five titles from the poll site are on today’s list. In today’s release, Microsoft is still encouraging people to go and vote for their favorite Xbox 360 games.


It’s worth noting that this is just the first wave of backwards compatibility titles and that, unlike Sony’s woefully overpriced PlayStation Now service, this feature is free of charge. Today’s blog post notes that Halo: Reach—one of those top five titles—will be coming in a future update. Nevertheless, it’s going to be interesting to see how many third-party publishers Microsoft can convince to partner up with them as the service expands.

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