The New Xbox One Experience Rolls Out Tomorrow

The New Xbox One Experience Rolls Out Tomorrow

And brings with it an updated dashboard, new functionality - and backwards compatibility with 104 Xbox 360 titles.

Just a quick reminder that at 3:01am EST/ 12:01am PST tomorrow, the New Xbox One Experience – aka NXOE – will start rolling out, bringing with it a new interface and functionality for Xbox One.

If you have the instant-on power mode setting selected, your Xbox One will start updating in the background automatically, assuming it's in connected standby mode. If your machine is in energy-saving mode, you'll have to manually update it by going to settings/system, where you can choose "update now".

So what's new about this overhaul of the Xbox One interface? It's based on Microsoft Windows 10, and promises, "faster access to the games, friends, and features that matter most." All the details can be found here, but to give you a rough idea of what to expect, the new interface is now up to 50% faster than the old one, and is based on a vertically scrolling system that's a little easier to use and more logical than the outgoing dashboard.

I demoed the NXOE at E3, and while it seemed confusing initially – as is often the case with dashboards when you see them for the first time – after spending a few minutes playing around with it, it felt like an improvement over the old interface. There are new game hubs that make it easy to connect to people and put together parties, and there's heavy social emphasis on making achievements and clips easy to share and view. Hopefully taking screenshots and viewing them will also be easier than it has been in the past.

The most notable feature is backwards compatibility with some 104 Xbox 360 titles (listed below) – with more coming soon. These won't be playable immediately, but according to Microsoft will automatically start to appear in your collection (assuming you purchased them digitally) by 3:01pm EST /12:01 pm PST tomorrow afternoon. If you own the original disc of a supported title, you can simply insert it to start downloading the game to play it on Xbox One.

Below is the full list of backwards compatible games that will roll out tomorrow. Apparently, "hundreds more" will be added in the coming months.

A Kingdom for Keflings

A World of Keflings

Alien Hominid HD

Assassin’s Creed II

Asteroids & Deluxe

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts



BattleBlock Theater

Bejeweled 2

Bellator: MMA Onslaught

Beyond Good & Evil HD

Blood of the Werewolf

BloodRayne: Betrayal


Call of Juarez Gunslinger

Castle Crashers


Centipede & Millipede

Condemned: Criminal Origins

Crazy Taxi

Deadliest Warrior: Legends

Defense Grid: The Awakening

DiRT 3

DiRT Showdown

Discs of Tron


Doom II

Dungeon Siege III

Earthworm Jim HD

Fable II

Fallout 3

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown

Gears of War

Gears of War 2

Gears of War 3

Gears of War: Judgment

Golden Axe

Halo: Spartan Assault

Hardwood Backgammon

Hardwood Hearts

Hardwood Spades

Heavy Weapon

Hexic HD


Jetpac Refuelled

Joy Ride Turbo

Just Cause 2

Kameo: Elements of Power

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Lode Runner


Mass Effect

Metal Slug 3

Metal Slug XX

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes

Mirror’s Edge

Missile Command

Monday Night Combat

Monkey Island: Special Edition

Monkey Island 2: Special Edition

Ms. Splosion Man

Mutant Blobs Attack!!!


NBA JAM: On Fire Edition

NiGHTS into dreams…

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

Pac-Man: Championship Edition

Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+

Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark Zero

Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds

Pinball FX

Plants vs. Zombies

Prince of Persia

Putty Squad

Rayman 3 HD

R-Type Dimensions

Sacred Citadel

Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.

Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe

Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World

Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage

Shadow Complex

Sonic CD

Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Super Meat Boy

Supreme Commander 2

Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas

Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas 2

South Park: The Stick of Truth


Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Tron: Evolution

Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon

Viva Piñata

Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise

Wolfenstein 3D


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