Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox at Microsoft, announced today at E3 that backwards compatibility will be coming to Xbox One this holiday season. This is huge news for fans of Microsoft’s console. The lack of backwards compatibility with the XBox 360 has been a major sore point with gamers, with every purchase of the new console essentially invalidating new owner’s entire software libraries.

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  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Small Arms
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP

Xbox 360 games will start showing up automatically in your library once backwards compatibility goes live. You’ll also be able to play pop in the retail discs you already own as proof of purchase, and download the games. Since you’ve already paid for the discs, you won’t be double charged to get them from the Microsoft store.

You’ll have new capabilities, too, like taking screenshots, broadcasting, and digital video recording (DVR). Multiplayer games will even work when playing with friends who might still be on their XBox 360’s.  Microsoft will start with about 100 titles, with Xbox Preview members being able to access some of those as early as today. For everyone else, though, their favorite classic titles won’t appear until later this year.

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