First Original Xbox Games for Xbox One Arrive Tomorrow

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Xbox One with 12 Comments

It's finally happening: The first 13 original Xbox games will be made available on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility starting tomorrow. Instead of just announcing the news, Microsoft instead allowed a single video game publication, IGN, to reveal the information exclusively, which I feel is unfair. But here are the details: 13 games. Microsoft is releasing 13 original Xbox games to Xbox One Backward Compatibility: BLACK, BloodRayne 2, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Dead to Rights, Fuzion Frenzy, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, The King of Fighters Neowave, Ninja Gaiden Black, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Psychonauts, Red Faction II, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. I actually owned at least half of those back in the day. Enhanced for Xbox One. Each of these games is "enhanced for Xbox One" (not to be confused for "Enhanced for Xbox One X"), meaning that each plays in 1080p and offers higher and/or smoother frame rates than was the case on the original console. Your discs will still work. If you still have any of these games on disc, you can insert them into your Xbox One and it will just work. Ditto for digital purchases. Multiplayer works across platforms. You can play multiplayer games with these titles across console types, but only in System Link mode. The online multiplayer servers for original Xbox games were shut down long ago, apparently. You can buy them all now. Each of the games is available for purchase now from the Microsoft Store digitally for $9.99. I actually purchased Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge over the weekend in anticipation of this move. (You can use the links above.) You can start playing tomorrow. The first original Xbox games arrive via Xbox One Backward Compatibility tomorrow, October 24. Good stuff.

It’s finally happening: The first 13 original Xbox games will be made available on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility starting tomorrow.

Instead of just announcing the news, Microsoft instead allowed a single video game publication, IGN, to reveal the information exclusively, which I feel is unfair. But here are the details:

13 games. Microsoft is releasing 13 original Xbox games to Xbox One Backward Compatibility:BLACK, BloodRayne 2, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Dead to Rights, Fuzion Frenzy,Grabbed by the Ghoulies, The King of Fighters Neowave, Ninja Gaiden Black, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Psychonauts, Red Faction II, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. I actually owned at least half of those back in the day.

Enhanced for Xbox One. Each of these games is “enhanced for Xbox One” (not to be confused for “Enhanced for Xbox One X”), meaning that each plays in 1080p and offers higher and/or smoother frame rates than was the case on the original console.

Your discs will still work. If you still have any of these games on disc, you can insert them into your Xbox One and it will just work. Ditto for digital purchases.

Multiplayer works across platforms. You can play multiplayer games with these titles across console types, but only in System Link mode. The online multiplayer servers for original Xbox games were shut down long ago, apparently.

You can buy them all now. Each of the games is available for purchase now from the Microsoft Store digitally for $9.99. I actually purchased Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge over the weekend in anticipation of this move. (You can use the links above.)

You can start playing tomorrow. The first original Xbox games arrive via Xbox One Backward Compatibility tomorrow, October 24.

Good stuff.

 

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12 responses to “First Original Xbox Games for Xbox One Arrive Tomorrow”

  1. mclark2112

    Crimson Skies was an awesome PC game, but I remember being a little disappointed with the Xbox version.


    I still wish there were more games in that universe. Two just wasn’t enough. I just loved he feel of everything. I’d even consider a console purchase if a new game came out.

  2. Mestiphal

    I really hope they don't start including this games in the Games with Gold...

  3. BoItmanLives

    Seems like they're trying to distract from the anemic Xbone library and lack of new IP or exclusives. Like one of those tv channels that just shows reruns of old shows.


    The magic of xbox's 360 era is clearly gone.

  4. Mike Brady

    I sure hope I didn't throw away my old Crimson Skies disc.

  5. wolters

    As a football fan, it is a long shot but would love for ESPN NFL 2K5 and Arena Football to make the list. :)

  6. Tallin

    What's interesting is that these links are games that were not previously available digitally for the Xbox 360 (KotOR, Sands of Time), but can also be purchased and downloaded on the 360.

  7. bluvg

    Kung Fu Chaos Kung Fu Chaos Kung Fu Chaos!!!! Pleaseeeeee bring this game to XBox One!!!! Such a fun party game, and so few of them around.

  8. rth314

    When you turn on your Xbox One there is no indication that they have enabled this. You would think they would utilize some of that ad space to advertise this in the Home Screen and in the Store. I suspect most users will never know this happened. Microsoft can do so many awesome things, and then completely flop on the communication.

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