You’ll be Able to Play Windows Phone 7 and 8.1 Games on Windows 10 Mobile

by Ivan Jenic
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You probably know about the backwards compatibility on Microsoft’s Xbox One platform, and that it allows you to play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One, but Microsoft decided to do the similar thing with its operating system for mobile devices, Windows 10 Mobile. Namely, some reports show that users of Windows 10 Mobile will be able to play the games from Windows Phone 7 and 8.1 on their Windows 10 Mobile phones.

The company still didn’t say any official word about this feature in Windows 10 Mobile, but some users say that the feature is present in the system since the release of previous preview build. Microsoft also noted in its release notes for the latest preview build (version 10586.29), that “improved application backwards compatibility for Windows Phone 8.1 Silverlight applications” is included in the build.

Windows Phone 7/8.1 Games are Still Compatible with Windows 10

Also, there’s no official list of the compatible games at the moment, but some users posted on reddit that they were able to play following games: Fable: Coin Golf, Sonic CD, Orbital, and Chickens Can’t Fly.

All these games are still available in the Store, but there’s a big chance that you won’t be able to find them using just Search feature. Instead, the only way to download this games on your Windows 10 Mobile device is to search for them in your apps library. This means that if you didn’t have a particular game installed on your Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8.1 device, you won’ be able to install it on Windows 10. We still don’t know if Microsoft will change this in the future.

What was your favorite game on Windows Phone 7/8.1, and will you download it again on your Windows 10 Mobile device? Tell us in the comments.

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