The Xbox Backwards Compatibility program was made available to players on the Xbox Preview program back in June of 2015; since then, Microsoft has been working with 3rd-party developers to add new titles to the list of compatible games consistently.
The aim of the Backwards Compatibility Program is to bring Xbox 360 games on to Xbox One – the Xbox 360 saw the release of some of the best works of art over the past decade, and it would be a tragedy to lose it all because of a new console generation.
Currently, the Backwards Compatibility Program holds more than 270 titles – you can find a list of these over here. Today, the list is getting three new additions: The Orange Box, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, and Galaga Legions.
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The Orange Box
While the addition of Joe Danger 2: The Movie and Galaga Legions is great news – The Orange Box is much more significant.
The bundle contains two of the biggest masterpieces that Valve has ever produced – Half-Life 2 including its two episodic sequels, and the first Portal game. Along with these, the bundle also packs Team Fortress 2 – but that game hasn’t seen updates on the Xbox for years, and is unlikely to hit feature parity with the PC version anytime soon.
Perhaps players can now play the Half-Life saga once more while waiting for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 – or Half-Life 3; nobody really knows anymore, Valve is very committed to maintaining the confusion.
These new titles should be available via the Xbox Marketplace starting today – if you already own them on a disc, just insert your disc, and Xbox One will start downloading them (but you will still need to insert the disc to play).
If you owned any of the titles digitally for Xbox 360, they should now show up under the “Ready to Install” section on the Xbox One.
Major Nelson’s blog maintains an extensive list of titles that are part of the Backwards Compatibility program – click here if you want to check that out.