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Here's every Xbox 360 game you'll be able to play on your Xbox One

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Microsoft has today finally confirmed the first Xbox 360 titles that will be playable on the Xbox One from later this week. On November 12 Microsoft will be launching a new update for the console's system software that will enable it.

The official list contains many of the biggest games of the last generation, including the original Mass Effect, the entire Gears of War series and Assassin's Creed 2 - which is widely viewed as the best entry in the series.

Other games that will be given a new chance at life includes Lego Star Wars, just in time for The Force Awakens, and a number of classic games that were previously available to buy on the 360 digitally, such as Sonic the Hedgehog.

Finally, it's here

The software update is arguably the most significant yet for the Xbox One, as it introduces a number of new features including support for Windows 10 "Universal" apps on the console, and paves the way for the likes of Cortana too. Sadly she won't be included at launch.

Backwards compatibility though is perhaps the most interesting. Unlike Sony's approach, of getting around backwards compatibility by using an online game-streaming service, Microsoft has instead opted to build a full Xbox 360 emulator that runs on the Xbox One.

This means that when you put in a disc, or choose to play a digital purchase, you'll have access to all of the Xbox 360 features you might expect including online play and DLC. Better still - whilst playing 360 games you're still able to use Xbox One functions like the Game DVR to stream your game on Twitch.

Here's the full list - there's 104 games in total. The expectation is that Microsoft will slowly add to this list over time.

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • Lode Runner™
  • A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Mass Effect™
  • Assassin's Creed II
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Asteroids & Deluxe
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Banjo Kazooie®: Nuts & Bolts
  • Might & Magic Clash of Heroes™
  • Banjo-Kazooie®
  • Mirror's Edge™
  • Banjo-Tooie®
  • Missile Command
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Monkey Island: Special Edition
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD
  • Ms. Splosion Man™
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • Mutant Blobs Attack!!!
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • N+
  • Borderlands
  • NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
  • Call of Juarez® Gunslinger
  • NiGHTS into dreams…
  • Castle Crashers
  • Operation Flashpoint™: Dragon Rising
  • CastleStorm
  • Pac-Man: Championship Edition™
  • Centipede & Millipede
  • Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins
  • Perfect Dark
  • Crazy Taxi™
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • Pinball FX™
  • DiRT 3
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • DiRT Showdown
  • Prince of Persia
  • Discs of Tron
  • Putty Squad
  • Doom
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Doom II
  • R-Type Dimensions™
  • Dungeon Siege III
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Fable II
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
  • Fallout 3
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown
  • Shadow Complex
  • Gears of War
  • Sonic CD
  • Gears of War 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Gears of War 3
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Golden Axe™
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Hardwood Backgammon®
  • Tom Clancy's RainbowSix Vegas
  • Hardwood Hearts®
  • Tom Clancy's RainbowSix Vegas 2
  • Hardwood Spades®
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth™
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Torchlight
  • Hexic HD
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Ikaruga
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Just Cause 2
  • Viva Piñata
  • Kameo™: Elements of Power
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Zuma