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Microsoft can't promise 100% Xbox backwards compatibility

Revealing backwards compatibility on Xbox One for Xbox 360 games (opens in new tab) was an absurdly juicy feature for Microsoft to just casually throw out at E3 this year. Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft's corporate vice president Kudo Tsunoda explains the next steps and why the full back catalogue won't be appearing just yet.

"So, we’ll start with 100 titles this autumn, and we’ll be adding titles as time goes by," he says. (Check our list of confirmed backwards compatible Xbox 360 games (opens in new tab)) "At some point we’re going to need to get – obviously - the permission of the owners of the content, the publishers and the developers. So 100% is always a hard thing to achieve in anything."

Black Ops 2 is currently the most wanted Xbox One game via backwards compatibility (opens in new tab) and Microsoft isn't revealing which ones it's going after but is promising bigger and better. "There’s a possibility for some outliers, but we’re really going to work on getting the biggest catalogue of games on any platform onto Xbox One via not only our exclusive blockbuster titles that we’re delivering this fall, [but also] our indie games plus backward compatibility. Again, that’s just enormous value for gamers."

Read the full feature in the new 140 page bumper edition of Official Xbox Magazine out on Friday with free 'Heroes Of Xbox' combat cards (Top Trumps..). You can buy the issuedigitally (opens in new tab)orsubscribe (opens in new tab)to future issues.

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.