Original Xbox Games Arrive on Xbox One

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Xbox One with 17 Comments

Original Xbox Games Arrive on Xbox One

As promised, you can now access the first 13 original Xbox titles to be added to Xbox One Backward Compatibility.

“Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community,” Microsoft’s Bill Stillwell explains. “Preserving the art form of video games is part of our DNA, which is why Xbox One is the only console designed to play the best games of the past, present, and future. We’re excited to continue to deliver on our vision of compatibility by adding Original Xbox games to the existing Backward Compatible library.”

The 13 original Xbox games that are now available across all Xbox One consoles now all render with 1080p graphics and expanded color details. But because they are, in fact, the original games running in a Hyper-V-based emulator, and not remastered games running natively, some features no longer work.

“Offline multiplayer scenarios such as co-op and system-link are supported as they were originally,” Stillwell says. “There will also be no Achievements for Original Xbox games because this functionality was also not originally available.”

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In the good news department, you can play them using the game disc if you still own that, or you can purchase the games digitally in the Microsoft Store.

And in related news, Microsoft has also revealed that Xbox 360 games will be enhanced for Xbox One X, and its 4K and HDR graphics capabilities, on November 7. Halo 3, Fallout 3, Oblivion, and the original Assassin’s Creed will all be enhanced, and more will come at a later date.


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