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New Xbox One update lets you buy Xbox 360 games and more

by Eric Frederiksen | March 3, 2016March 3, 2016 12:30 pm PDT

Microsoft is continuing to bring new features to the Xbox One at a breakneck pace, listening to fan requests and making them happen one by one. This month, we’re getting a few neat new features.

The biggest feature is that we’ll be able to buy Xbox 360 games from the Xbox One interface. With the push for backwards compatibility, it’s surprising that this wasn’t delivered with the functionality, but it’s here now.

Streaming and recording are getting some updates, too. If you broadcast Twitch directly from your Xbox One, you can include your party chat, so that viewers aren’t just hearing you and not your team. Each user in the party can opt out of this if they prefer to stay private. Xbox’s “Record That” function, accessed via Kinect or the Guide button, can now be configured to record anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, instead of the usual 30 seconds.

On the achievements front, Xbox 360 achievements will show up in the Xbox activity feed, and the achievements option in the Xbox guide will now show up faster and will actively update your progress on achievements.

They’re not earth-shattering, but each of these is a nice quality-of-life sort of update that makes the system that much more pleasant to use.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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