The big change coming to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility

Microsoft has announced a significant change to the way it’s going to release its new backwards compatible Xbox One games.

No longer will it be releasing them in monthly blocks as it has been doing since it kicked off the project back in November, from now on it will release backwards compatible games as soon as they’re available.

“Rather than having a set monthly launch date,” Microsoft explained, “titles will go live once each has received the engineering and publisher stamp of approval.”

The final monthly block of games though features a full ten new games, including the sword-tastic SoulCaliber and the finest detective duo in the world, Sam and Max.

The biggest of the new titles though is the outstanding The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – and you don’t even have to own the original to get it up and running on either Xbox One as a backwards compatible game, or as a native game on the Xbox 360.

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Until February 5 (8am GMT) you can download The Witcher 2 for free at

That is, if you live in either the US, UK, Canada, France or Germany. Sorry Australia, the white-haired lothario’s second adventure still costs money in your ‘hood.

Red Dead Redemption

Maybe next time…

Hopefully, the fact that newly minted backwards compatible games will be released as and when they’re re-engineered for the Xbox One means that it won’t be long before we start to see some of the games on the wishlist.

Microsoft has confirmed that CoD: Black Ops, Bioshock Infinite and Halo Wars are all in progress, but that’s still only three from the top 20 most requested games on that list.

There’s no official word on whether Skyrim or Red Dead Redemption will be getting the necessary treatment, though with Fallout 3 currently topping the list of the top 10 backwards compatible games at least Skyrim’s porting looks likely.

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