Xbox One is now a region free Xbox 360
If this isn’t the best piece of backwards compatibility related news you’ve seen lately I really don’t know what is!
With both of the new updates that launched this week on Xbox, those being the new Xbox One Experience and the Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility which are both pretty huge in their own right, comes the news that the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility is actually region free.
What does this mean exactly? Well I can almost hear the achievement hunters and purists among you getting excited just reading this. One of the most intriguing aspects of this region free news is that “stackable” games, those being games that have region specific versions, can be played (and 1000G’d if you’re that way inclined) numerous times. For example you can now play the Japanese versions of Borderlands, Gears of War 2 and Just Cause 2. Meaning you can earn the achievements for the Japanese version as well as the ones you have already earned, and not only that if you have DLC for these games, it will work on all regions so only the base game needs to be purchased again (on disc and not digitally as far as we know at this point). However if that DLC was never launched in the region you’re playing it won’t be available and you will only earn the base games achievements.
Whether this means that you can play games that were specific to certain regions and didn’t receive a worldwide release is entirely dependent on whether they find their way onto the official backwards compatibility list, we’re looking at you Telltale’s Jurassic Park.
Do any of the games already on the backwards compatibility list tick enough of your boxes to warrant you playing them and earning those rewarding and yet sometimes extremely frustrating achievements all over again? Let us know in the comments!
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