Microsoft’s backwards compatibility program has been one of the few shining beacons of success for the Xbox One. Allowing gamers to play their old library on a new system because the new system doesn’t have any good games was a brilliant move. Well, Microsoft is continuing the trend by adding some of the biggest and best-selling games from the Xbox 360’s library to the Xbox One’s library.
Major Nelson tweeted out that Halo: Anniversary Edition, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 are all available via backwards compatibility on the Xbox One… right now!
— Larry Hryb 👶🏼 (@majornelson) September 21, 2017
You can play the classic games the way they were meant to be played, with slightly better resolution and possibly stable frame-rates.
Now for those of you who already bought the broken but playable Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you’re good. You don’t have to do anything because you already have the complete package (or about as complete as 343 was able to make it).
If, however, you still have the old discs from the seventh generation of gaming, you’ll be able to play the old Xbox 360 titles by plopping in the discs and having a jolly good ‘ole time.
For those of you who purchased the previous Halo titles via the Microsoft Store as a digital download, you will be able to access them through your Xbox Live profile.
Now keep in mind that the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition is only available as a backwards compatible title through the disc. You won’t be able to download the game from your profile or the digital storefront.
Otherwise, if you already own the games you can start playing them on your Xbox One right now, or you can grab a physical copy from Amazon or GameStop and start playing. It’ll probably be the only decent thing you get to play this fall on the Xbox One since they don’t have any exclusives other than Forza Motorsport 7.
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