Xbox 360 game boxes now look an awful lot like Xbox One boxes

xbox 360 boxes change one xbox360newbox1
In a move to better emphasize the Xbox One’s support of over 200 backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games, Microsoft appears to have altered the older games’ packaging to match the new console.

Reddit user divangreedy8 spotted the new game boxes at a retailer yesterday. They appear to be the same size as the original Xbox 360 boxes — which are larger than PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One boxes — but they now sport the same darker green and a label designed to emulate the molded text of the Xbox One’s boxed. Alongside the “Xbox 360” logo is an “Xbox One” logo, as well.

The games’ covers now also state explicitly that they work on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, and the ugly gray “platinum hits” label seen in Fallout 3 has now been removed in favor of a small “greatest hits” emblem on the games’ front.

There continues to be demand for several fan-favorite Xbox 360 games, which are now cheap enough for any Xbox One owner to quickly build up a backward compatible collection. Back in 2014, Electronic Arts began reprinting copies of its acclaimed game Skate 3 after it saw newfound popularity on YouTube thanks to PewDiePie. The game was just made backward compatible on Xbox One last week, and as more games are added to the program, we expect to see these new boxes rising in prevalence.

While the new Xbox 360 boxes will certainly make your collection look more uniform on a shelf, a less-than-attentive customer could easily mistake the packaging for a standard Xbox One game. Microsoft might be the only company to have this problem, as the PlayStation 3’s box underwent a revision midway through the console’s lifespan and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U boxes are two completely different colors.

Does the change in packaging matter to you, or are physical media just a means to an end? Be sure to let us know in the comments!


New Xbox consoles are reportedly code-named ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Lockhart’

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox plans reportedly consist of two separate consoles. One, called "Lockhart," is a more affordable machine, while "Anaconda" is designed with more horsepower.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?

‘Kingdom Hearts III’ out in the wild, director asks for support to stop spoilers

Kingdom Hearts III has been leaked, with several copies of the game out in the wild. The game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, responded to the situation, calling for help from gamers to stop spoilers from spreading online.

The DualShock 4 is one of the best controllers ever, and you can use it with a PC

Sony's new DualShock 4 controller has become a fan favorite, and some people want to use it with a PC. Here's how to connect your DualShock 4 and start using it, either with an official adapter, or unofficial software.

The history of Battle Royale: From mod to worldwide phenomenon

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in streaming and eSports in a way that might hint at the future of the industry.

Project Stream testers get to keep a free copy of ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

Those who participated in Google's technical test of Project Stream won't be able to access the service to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey after January 15, but they'll get to keep the game on PC anyway.

Newest ‘Destiny 2’ raid already completed by two-person team

The latest raid in Destiny 2: Forsaken is Scourge of the Past, and a two-person team has already managed to complete it. The task took 15 hours of trial-and-error effort before the duo managed to take down the final boss.

The 25 best SNES games

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System might be the greatest game console ever made, but what are the best titles for the system? Here are our picks for the best SNES games, including A Link to the Past and Chrono Trigger.

Need a discounted Xbox bundle by Christmas? Walmart has you covered

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, but you can still save some cash on a new Xbox One bundle at Walmart. Both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X are on sale now.

With our Steam guide, you can give the gift of gaming this holiday season

The holidays may have passed, but it's always a good time to give the gift of gaming (especially when there's a Steam sale)! Here's our quick guide on how to give a Steam game as a gift.

‘Fortnite’ update 7.10 brings a rotating selection of modes big and small

The latest update for Fortnite introduces 14 Days of Fortnite, an event that brings back large and small battle royale modes as well as brand new ones to enjoy during the holiday season.

Who needs a Switch? These 25 games prove there's fun to be found on 3DS

The 3DS is home to a large library, including some of the greatest games Nintendo has ever published. We've compiled this list of some of the best Nintendo 3DS games currently available.