Xbox One backwards compatibility
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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has revealed that Microsoft is working on making backwards compatible Xbox 360 games available to purchase on Xbox One. Currently only those who own the original versions of the games can play them on the One.

Spencer said in response to a fan question on Twitter that Microsoft has heard requests for the feature and is "working on a solution". Currently 104 Xbox 360 games are available through the service, including the Gears of War series, Fallout 3, Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed 2.

Currently Xbox One users need a credit card on file in order to download and play backwards compatible games, despite that not being a requirement of regular Xbox One titles. This leaves those who use pre-paid MS Points cards in the cold.

Backwards compatibility was announced in June during Microsoft's E3 press conference, much to the surprise of the industry. It was implemented in early November after the new Windows 10-powered Xbox One dashboard was rolled out. The feature extends to Microsoft's Games With Gold selection of free games for 360 and Xbox One users, the latter of whom will now be able to play the free 360 games offered up each and every month.

Microsoft plans for Xbox One backwards compatibility to extend to more games in the months and years ahead, but in the case of third party titles it's up to the license holder to give Microsoft the all-clear to make their game available.

Recently an Xbox engineer didn't rule out the possibility of backwards compatibility extending to original Xbox games, admitting that "nothing's impossible."

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