Call of Duty makes it to Xbox Backward Compatibility Library
Call of Duty makes it to Xbox Backward Compatibility Library. Image from YouTube.

Microsoft continues adding compatibilities between the Xbox One and old-gen consoles. Microsft announced to expand theBackwards Compatibility list, adding the classic Call of Duty 3 in the next Xbox One update.

The 7th generation consoles gave a huge bump to the video game industry. It spawned revered titles such as COD III, the Halo Franchise, the Gears of War franchise, the Mass Effect series, GTA 3, Red Dead Redemption and many others.

Backward Compatibility means anyone with the original copy of one of the games on the list can just insert it into the new console and play, whereas owners of the digital copy can re-install them.

The Xbox One initially lacked the compatibility feature, and many thought they could never play their 360 favorites on the new console. However, last year, Microsoft announced the add-on and started implementing it over time. So far, the list includes over 200 games.

Which Call of Duty games are on the list? 

Call of Duty 3 is the 2006 fps game that took players into World War 2 after the Normandy breakout. The title redefined the franchise and was a doorway to the modern-era COD, starting with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty 2 was added to the list during the last months, giving a sense of classic nostalgia to the old-school gamers.  Call of Duty Black Ops is also in the catalog.

However, The 4th installment may not have the same fate: is expected that Modern Warfare will have its HD remake going exclusively for owners of other titles of the franchise.

Red Dead Redemption and Halo are also on Xbox’s backward library

The fan favorites on the Compatibility feature, aside from the COD series, are Red Dead Redemption, Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Fallout New Vegas, Fallout 3, Gears of War titles (1,2,3 and Judgement), and Left 4 Dead 2.

There are many other titles on the list one could enjoy, such as the Microsoft’s exclusive Alan Wake series, the first two entries of the popular Assassins Creed franchise, the interstellar horror show Dead Space, and the wild shooting game with infinite loot, Borderlands.

Some of Valve’s amazing games are also in the selection, including Portal: Still Alive, and Portal 2.  Sadly, there is no Half-life 2 on the Xbox One yet. The classic Mass Effect 1 is another guest of the catalog, but fans are still waiting for the port of the highly acclaimed Mass Effect 2.

How does The Xbox Backward Compatibility Library work?

Microsoft selects the most popular and highest rated Xbox 360 titles to make the One version. If a player owns the digital copy, the Back Compat game catalog will automatically prompt a “Ready to Install” option.

For disc-based titles, the owner must insert the disc on the console and start downloading the game on the hard drive. Users will still need the disc to play.

 Source: GameSpot