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Phil Spencer Talks Buying Xbox 360 Games on Xbox One, Minecraft Wii U and Rare’s Goldeneye

Backwards-compatible games on the Xbox One are great, aren’t they? It’s nice to be able to dip into older games on the newer system rather than to go through the hassle of setting up the old 360.

What isn’t great, however, is the current solution for buying said games. To buy backward compatible games on the Xbox One, you either have to go to the xbox.com website and find them there, or buy them on the Xbox Store on an Xbox 360 console. It’s a bit of an annoyance, but it’s hardly the end of the world.

The good news is that you’ll soon be able to buy Xbox 360 titles directly from the Xbox One’s built-in games store, according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer.

The ever-sociable Spencer stated on Twitter that the firm is working on a solution for buying backward compatible games directly from the Xbox One. There’s no word on when it’ll be made available, but at least it’s on the way.

Spencer also stated that he’s happy to see that Microsoft-owned Minecraft will finally get a release on the Wii U, something that many had expected to happen a long time ago. It may seem strange that a Microsoft-published game will appear on the Nintendo console, but it’s not the first time Microsoft has made a bit of cash by putting the game on a competitor’s platform, as Minecraft has also released on Sony’s PS3 and PS4, and has been updated fairly regularly, too.

Still, don’t expect Nintendo games to appear on the Xbox One anytime soon, even if the Xbox head would be happy to see it happen. More so, don’t expect Rare’s classic Goldeneye to make a reappearance – Spencer says that it’s all but given up at this point due to licensing issues and copyrights. Bugger.