Xbox One backwards compatibility launch date announced | EW.com

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Microsoft announces when Xbox One owners can start playing Xbox 360 games

Arguably one of, if not the biggest, announcements at this year’s E3 was Microsoft’s reveal that players would be able to start using their old Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One later this year. And now we have an official date when players will find their Xbox Ones to be backwards compatible.

During the Halo 5: Guardians launch, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer announced that backwards compatibility will become available on Nov. 12, the same day as the console receives a major user interface upgrade. Over 100 titles will be playable at launch using your old Xbox 360 discs and downloads, with the promise of hundreds more to be made playable in the months to come.

A backwards compatibility beta began in June following the announcement, and gives some idea of the games that will be available to use at launch. And if the one game you were hoping to play at the launch of this compatibillity doesn’t work, don’t fear: Microsoft will continually update the service to allow more 360 games to be playable on the Xbox One.

The UI will also change on Nov. 12 with a Windows 10-style update. The interface is purported to run more smoothly, be more accessible, and generally allow players to play games more easily and be more involved with their Xbox friends.

Take a look at what the new UI will look like next month.