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newshound 11-15-2005 02:01 PM

Xbox 360 backwards compatability

The XBox 360 has always promised backwards compatibility with software sold for the XBox. It†ƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂžÃ‚¢s now been announced that the compatibility will be available ready for the UK launch date.

To start with, the new console will play 200 of the original Xboxâ₠™s games including - Halo 1 & 2, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and all the Grand Theft Auto series. Support will be gradually added to the rest of the old Xboxâ₠™s catalogue, ultimately leading to all first gen Xbox games working on the 360.

The behind-the-scenes magic is based entirely on software. To play the old games on the new console you†™ll need to download a software patch which MicrosoftÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šà ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s doing directly through Xbox Live, via CD burning on a computer hooked up to or by a CD in the post.

The XBox 360 is due for public purchase on December 2nd, 2005 in the UK. are offering the premium edition for £279.99 delivered at the moment. Or you could opt for the cut-down ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬à …â€œCoreââà ¢Â€ÂšÃ‚¬? system at just £209.99.

You can read more about the compatibility over at


Halo 2 online, halo 2 online...

I wonder if load times will even be faster :D

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