So we learned today that the 360 runs just about everything in the XBox back catalog—especially "best-selling" XBox games—and it will basically emulate everything in software. That's a pretty unusual but sassy solution, I suppose, and it will be tres cool to play Halo every once and a while.

So far, they've confirmed about 200 titles. How will you get the emulation software? Glad you asked:

What I
m really proud to tell you and your readers is that it
s easy to get the emulation software, and it
s free. We
ll give gamers a choice—you can get the latest software updates from Xbox Live, burn a CD from xbox.com or sign up on Xbox.com for a CD that can be delivered to your home at a nominal shipping and handling fee. Once you get the CD, put it in your Xbox 360 and you
re ready to go.

Q & A: Backward Compatibility [Xbox.com]

XBox 360 on Amazon

[Ships Nov. 22, 2005]

Sign Up for XBox 360 Availability Alert [CNET]