At E3, Microsoft announced that Xbox One will be the only console to support backward compatibility natively for select Xbox 360 games, for free, and all with Xbox One features including screenshots, broadcasting and GameDVR. Backward compatibility is one of the most-requested fan features, and more than 100 classic Xbox 360 games will be available at launch, with more to come. Microsoft has revealed that Xbox One Backward Compatibility is an Xbox 360 emulator that runs on Xbox One and is used to play Xbox 360 games. When you start a Xbox 360 game on Xbox One, a virtual Xbox 360 loads inside Xbox One to run the game.
Users should use the Xbox 360 game disc for validation and download the game from Microsoft for installing it on Xbox One. If you have bought Xbox 360 digital version of the game, it will automatically show up in your library to install. For now, Microsoft’s plan is to have 100 titles this holiday, with hundreds more added in the months to come. After a publisher allows it, Microsoft have to do packaging and validation work on each title to make it available through Xbox One backward compatibility.
In the above video, Larry Hryb chats with Bill Stillwell about how backwards compatibility will work on Xbox One.