Original Xbox Games Are Coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Xbox One with 14 Comments

Original Xbox Games Are Coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility

In yet another nod to the fans, Microsoft last night announced that it will bring original generation Xbox game titles to Xbox One Backward Compatibility.

How you feel about this will depend on your level of experience with that original console—which arrived way back in 2001—and your nostalgia for some of the key games. I personally believe that most original Xbox games are better left to memory, but whatever: If there are gamers who still wish to play these games today in 2017, this is nothing but good news.

“I’ve heard your feedback,” Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said during his E3 press conference appearance. “And you want more. Today, I’m pleased to announce an exciting expansion to the [Backward Compatible] program: Our team of engineers is working hard to bring you some of your favorite original Xbox games to today’s Xbox One library.”

As Mr. Spencer noted, Xbox One Backward Compatibility today has over 385 titles in its collection. And the addition of original Xbox games will only make this collection bigger, and better, while giving gamers who stick with this platform a wonderful gift.

He even provided some specifics: Fan-favorite Crimson Skies, an action-oriented arcade flight game will among the original Xbox titles coming to Xbox One.

“It looks great,” Spenser said of Crimson Skies. “And like the Xbox 360 games, OG (original generation Xbox) games will look better, and play better, across the Xbox One family.” (Backward Compatible games work on all Xbox One consoles, including the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S, and the coming Xbox One X.)

Microsoft says that original Xbox game support for Backward Compatibility will launch “later this year.” And it will provide more information about the games it will deliver at that time.

 

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14 responses to “Original Xbox Games Are Coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility”

  1. jrickel96

    I never played the original much, so I look forward to discovering new games.


    This is a great feature for gamers. Nintendo's Virtual Console has been very popular over the years. We see that GOG does very well selling old games. Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has been a big success.


    This also opens the door to selling these in the Xbox store and giving publishers some extra revenue from games that have long been paid for development wise. As long as they don't price them at insane levels like Sony and the PS2 games, it should be good.


    And a place like Gamestop could actually begin to restock used Xbox discs once more that are backwards compatible, boosting their ability to make money as well.

  2. thewarragulman

    This is great! I still have my original Xbox and a fair few games however my console has a bad optical drive and doesn't look so great on modern TVs because of it's component cables, so now I'll be able to enjoy some of my favorite OG Xbox games without any of the hassle that comes with a console that's over 15 years old.

  3. awright18

    Instead of paying for the digitally remastered versions of games like Halo you can play the originals on your X B O X. Woot!  Not that I'd pay the $20 for 15 year old games.

  4. wolters

    This is a good thing, if anything for nostalgia or for games we truly do miss. For me, that would be ESPN NFL 2K5 and Arena Football. Though I bet a license issue would prevent these to be playable but I can hope.


    I don't live in the past but the 2K NFL series was far superior to Madden and wish it was still available.

  5. Daekar

    Wow. Does this mean I'd be able to play the original Halo and Knights of the Old Republic? That's fantastic!


    They are really making Xbox a no-brainer choice.

  6. mattdistro

    Meanwhile, execs at PlayStation, "Why would anyone want to play PSOne games?"

  7. MikeGalos

    "How you feel about this will depend on your level of experience with that original console"

    Yes, but the range is from delighted to not caring. It's hard to imagine anybody having a sincere strong negative feeling.

  8. ChesterChihuahua

    Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory are still amazing games. The original dates back to November 2002 and is still enjoyable. I still play at least one of these every year (on my OG Xbox)

  9. Darmok N Jalad

    There was an old motor cross racing game a buddy and I used to play on the original Xbox (I forget the name). It was listed as BC on the 360, but sadly it crashed all the time. There are probably a handful of old games on Xbox I would like to play again, like the old Splinter Cells. I wouldn't buy a $500 console for that reason alone, but it certainly makes sense. Especially considering the original Xbox was basically a PC.

  10. bluvg

    Kung Fu Chaos!! Probably far down the list, but I LOVED this game, one of the few party games on Xbox (any generation).


    I've often wondered aloud why they didn't offer original Xbox compatibility, as it's also x86. Heck, there's still a market for people to buy hardware that plays Atari 2600 games.

  11. Barbara Frary

    my question is: Are they going to use the BC compatibility from before or are they going to do what they did with the 360, build an original xbox inside the xbox one?


    It seems that they really only have to emulate the graphics since it is an x86 processor.


    The other question is xbox live play. Remember they shut the old xbox live down. SO maybe these games will be playable in single player andon local net but what across live? can they build and original xbox live inside the existing live?

  12. Bill Strong

    Let's not forget about Jet Set Grind Radio. That game was fantastic on the original Xbox. (JSR was not as good, but that is all that is on steam.)

  13. stephen888

    The future of gaming does not forget its past. Play hundreds of Xbox 360 games and coming soon for the first time, classic Original Xbox games on Xbox One. Experience game franchises across generations and enjoy the titles you own and love at no additional cost. For Xbox 360 games, keep your game saves, add-ons, achievements, and Gamerscore.

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