A couple of months ago, 343 Industries announced that all Xbox 360 Halo games would soon become backward compatible on the Xbox One. Well, the big day has arrived and you can finally play the Xbox 360 versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 on your Xbox One console.
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These four Halo games join Halo: Reach, the RTS game Halo Wars and the top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault on the Xbox One Backward Compatibility list. In addition, all map packs for these old Halo games are now free for everyone, which is great to maintain a healthy community of players over the years.
You can find download links (except for Halo: CE, which is disc-only), official descriptions and video trailers for all games below:
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (disc only)
Created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly remastered version of the original Halo campaign. Bundled with seven of the most popular multiplayer maps in Halo history ready for Xbox LIVE, Halo: Anniversary will include a bounty of new features including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, Achievements, new challenges, and new fiction to uncover.
The epic saga continues with Halo 3, the hugely anticipated third chapter in the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo franchise created by Bungie. Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax.
Halo 3: ODST drops you into the world of the legendary Orbital Drop Shock Troopers as you embark on a dangerous mission to discover what was behind the Covenant’s attack on the city of New Mombasa. Halo 3: ODST’s gripping story and co-operative campaign will give all fans an exciting new perspective on the Halo universe.
The Master Chief returns to battle an ancient evil bent on vengeance and annihilation. Shipwrecked on a mysterious world, faced with new enemies and deadly technology, the universe will never be the same. Enlist aboard the Infinity to experience Halo’s original multiplayer and Spartan Ops - innovative episodic fiction-based co-op missions.
As a reminder, Halo: CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 have all already been re-released in the Halo: The Master Chief collection Xbox One bundle. Compared to the Xbox 360 versions though, the remastered games run at 60 FPS with improved textures and lighting effects, which is really nice. But if you already own the Xbox 360 games and don't want to pay for the remastered versions, you can now keep playing them on your Xbox One for free.