Phil Spencer of Xbox wants backwards compatibility, Xbox 360 on PC


The current chief of Xbox, Phil Spencer, was not kidding around when he said he wanted to win back gamers and gear the actions of the company in the favor of the players, something lost in recent years that’s proved difficult winning back with old (now-solved) problems still hot in the memories of many. Now, he seeks to tackle one the biggest issues of the Xbox One: backwards compatibility.

In a recent interview with Gizmodo Brasil, Spencer talked about the possibility of Xbox 360 games being brought to Xbox One (seeing as GB’s article is obviously written in Portuguese and I have no knowledge of the language, CinemaBlend was kind enough to put together a nice translation):

“[Xbox games on Xbox One is] something I want to do, but it is a matter of priority. I would love to have the ability to play Xbox 360 on PC at some point too, so we have different things we have to think about when we plan these things. But it would be great to have support for original Xbox games. So yes, I want it, but we have many other things we want to do as well.”

As of right now, Xbox has listed a number of titles available already with more to come in the near future. The mentioned games include:

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Borderlands
  • Defense Grid
  • Gears of War
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • N+
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfeck Dark Zero
  • Shadow Complex
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP
  • Zuma

This would be a great step forward for the current generation of gaming consoles, as backwards compatibility is one of the basic features that gamers love to see so they can continue to play their beloved collection without keeping the old system plugged in or having to rebuy their favorite games as remastered editions on the new generation.

Not only that, but PC players everywhere have been chomping at the bit for a chance to play games like Red Dead Redemption but haven’t had the chance due to a lack of port from Rockstar Games. This ambition stems from Spencer’s hopes to bring all gamers together through Microsoft.

It’s exactly this kind of innovation that Xbox needs to win back customers and close the ever-widening gap between themselves and PlayStation. Spencer, unlike his predecessors, was kind enough to give his fans and followers something new to say in the great debate between the warring consoles.

Sources: Gizmodo Brazil (Portuguese) | CinemaBlend | Xbox

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