Xbox One’s big update will be released on November 12. The update introduces the redesigned dashboard and introduces long-awaited backwards compatibility with select games.

You can find the full list of Xbox 360 games that you can play on your Xbox One here. It includes classic series like Halo and Mass Effect. The latter is especially exciting since EA has expressed that they won’t be remaking the series, even though future games for it will thrive on current gen consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

With the redesigned dashboard, Microsoft promises that Xbox will be closely integrated with Windows 10, with “faster access to the games, friends, and features that matter most.” The whole package is called the “Xbox One Experience.”

Microsoft says the new user interface will be faster to navigate. One of the big changes is vertical scrolling, something we haven’t seen yet on the Xbox. You can read more about the UI changes here.

The big deal here is backwards compatibility of course. The Xbox One will keep your achievements and saved games, but also allow you to use the Xbox One’s more advanced features like screenshots and streaming to Windows 10 machines. You can also play multiplayer with friends on the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One.

The update is going to be a big deal as the holiday season rolls around and people start looking and what console they want to buy. Backwards compatibility, if it works well, is a selling point that can’t be ignored.

Microsoft has more details about the update on their website.

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