Spencer Delays ‘Back Compat’ Preview News, Says New UI On Time

Phil Spencer says news about more backwards compatibility titles is still on the way.

Starting early last week, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that Preview Members could expect news about new titles sometime in the next few days. However, by time Friday rolled around, Spencer apologized and noted that the news had to be bumped back another week. Taking to Twitter for a third bout this afternoon to chat with fans, Spencer had this to say:

While this statement from Spencer does give too many specifics, the fact that he hints at working through
rights means that members of the Xbox Preview Program can most definitely expect more third party games in the next batch of BC games. In addition to that, I would be shocked if there weren’t at least a handful of first-party titles like Halo: Reach in the mix as well.

Despite backwards compatibility delays, Phil mentioned that he and the team are all running the Windows 10 UI on their consoles currently to “preview the preview” and that the they were “still landing our date.” Earlier this month, Mike Ybarra, the Director of Program Management for Xbox, tweeted that the team’s goal was to have Windows 10 UI on Xbox One in September’s preview update prior to the public November launch. If he and Spencer are on the same page, this should mean Xbox Preview members should be enjoying the new Xbox UI in the next month or so.

A glimpse at the Win10 version of Xbox One's "Snap" feature
A glimpse at the Win10 version of Xbox One’s “Snap” feature

If you’ve yet to see how the Windows 10 Xbox One UI will look, check out this sneak peak video courtesy of Xbox’s YouTube channel:

What do you make of this week’s Xbox news? Are you more excited for the new UI, or are you disappointed in the somewhat limited backwards compatibility this far? Feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter.


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