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Microsoft kills Kinect support in Xbox One's backward-compatibility push

Mark Hachman | June 18, 2015
Well, we know which games Microsoft won't be bringing to the Xbox One as part of its new backward-compatibility with the Xbox 360: anything that needs Microsoft Kinect.

If you own an Xbox 360 digital title, they'll automatically show up in your One library, Stillwell explained. You'll need to insert your Xbox 360 game discs into the One, where the game will "download" to the One. (Stillwell seemed to imply that you'll need to leave your disc inserted for verification purposes, too.) That assumes that either the digital or disc title is among those that Microsoft will support, which will include all first-party Microsoft titles as well as popular Xbox 360 games. Microsoft knows which games are being played the most on the 360, but will also factor in community input (read: loud complaining). 

As Microsoft executives explained earlier today, the company is launching backward-compatibility together with a limited number of titles to Xbox Preview members. The backward-compatibility feature will roll out in the fall with over 100 titles supported, Stillwell said.

According to Stilwell, the only obstacles to adding a title to the program are legal ones, not technical obstacles. "Really, the only thing that stops us is getting the legal permissions for licenses that changed over time, or whatever the case may be," Stillwell said.


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