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Red Dead Redemption was playable on Xbox One for a shining moment, but now it isn’t

by Ron Duwell | February 8, 2016February 8, 2016 7:30 am PDT

Backwards compatibility for Rockstar’s open-world western Red Dead Redemption was available for a brief time over the weekend, but the powers that be have ended our fun pretty early. Unofficial ways to play the game leaked onto YouTube over the weekend, but they have since been sealed up and no longer work.

YouTube user Xboxyen provided the original video showing how to get the game up and running. The process involved installing the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace either through a user’s own purchase history or a friend’s who shared it with them. Physical editions did not work with this process.

Others quickly found out that games like Halo Wars, Left 4 Dead and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night all ended up working through the same process, but none of this matters anymore. Microsoft quietly reacted, stopping this loop-around in its tracks.

Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb confirmed that the release was an error in a statement on reddit.

“Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles. Due to an error, some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available. We have since removed access to those games, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We will have more information on upcoming releases soon.”

So in other words, we just got a brief preview of the next backwards compatibility update. Nice! It should be back up before we know it. Did anyone check and see if Guardian Heroes was available?

Polygon

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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