Without a doubt, Microsoft’s decision to include backward compatibility on Xbox One has not only been applauded by industry veterans, but also video game fans the world over have been impressed with the company’s dedication to supporting the majority of the 360’s older catalog on new hardware. Of course, with a library as sizeable as the Xbox 360, it only makes sense for the list of backward compatible titles on Xbox One to continue growing, with Microsoft now having added a slew of fresh titles to the program, including Dragon Age: Origins and Battlefield 3.
As announced on Twitter by the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the aforementioned BioWare fantasy-RPG and DICE first-person shooter won’t be the only titles making their way to Xbox One backward compatibility. As it happens, Dragon Age: Origins and Battlefield 3 will be joined by Battlefield 2: Bad Company, Strania, The Splatters, Scrap Metal, and 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
For those unaware, Dragon Age: Origins, Battlefield 2, and Battlefield 3 were three highly-petitioned titles to be included in Xbox One’s backward compatibility program. With that being the case, it’s safe to say that plenty of fans will log in to their Xbox One systems as soon as possible in order to give the games another playthrough on Microsoft’s current generation console.
As previously mentioned, Microsoft’s Xbox One backward compatible library continues to expand, especially with such a glut of titles to be included from the Xbox 360 era. Just recently, in fact, the company made a different, but equally popular fantasy-RPG available by adding Bethesda Game Studios’ The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. This was met with both glee and grief from fans, for initially, Oblivion was unofficially listed alongside Modern Warfare 3 as a potential for backward compatibility, with the first-person shooter published by Activision never making the leap to the official list.
Of course, while the additions made with Dragon Age: Origins, Battlefield 3, and all of today’s inclusions on Xbox One’s backward compatible registry are definitely great choices, there are still plenty of other titles that have been excluded for far too long. For instance, many would argue that Grand Theft Auto 4 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare should already be playable on Xbox One via the backward compatible program.
At any rate, whatever games Microsoft is able to add next, it’s clear that backward compatibility is a key component for the Xbox brand. Plus, with the company having put forth the news that Project Scorpio will support the feature, it’s a safe bet to make that backward compatibility on the platform isn’t going to disappear any time soon.
Dragon Age: Origins and Battlefield 3 are now available on Xbox One via the console’s backward compatibility program.