When Microsoft announced the Xbox One, in 2013, it did not have any backward compatibility with the previous Xbox 360 game console. So this meant you could not play Xbox 360 titles on the new version. Microsoft stated that they could not find a way to incorporate that into the console's architecture, but at last month's E3 they announced plans to bring backward compatibility to the Xbox One.

Microsoft has built an Xbox 360 emulator for the Xbox One. The emulator starts a setup process when you start the Xbox One that includes an Xbox 360 boot up animation. The emulator starts up a virtual version of the Xbox 360.

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Microsoft promises initial support for more than 100 X 360 game titles, and that includes multiplayer games. A Microsoft spokesman stated, "We'll have over 100 titles this holiday, with hundreds more added in the months to come." So the emulator should include most of the 360's top titles. At the moment there are about 21 preview games available, which are as follows: 


  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • N+
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP
  • Zuma
Those with digital Xbox 360 titles can open them from the my apps and games section of the console. There they are listed with an Xbox 360 label. Xbox 360 discs are also supported by the emulator. They'll run just the same as the Xbox One titles, and you can even snap them apps alongside them. In addition, you can also select broadcasting, game clip and DVR options for the X 360 titles. 


Backward compatibility will broadly launch later this year, and is already available for Xbox Preview members. Undoubtedly, the announcement came as something of a surprise at E3 2015; but emulators for Microsoft game consoles are not something entirely new. Now that X 360 titles are available for the Xbox One, you can play some of its finest game titles all over again.