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Microsoft Adds Over 70 Games to Xbox Backward Compatibility

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Xbox, Microsoft has added an astonishing 70+ new…

Microsoft Details Xbox Series X|S Backward Compatibility

We already knew that Xbox Series X and Series S users will be able to…

Xbox Series X Backward Compatibility Details Revealed

Microsoft says Xbox Series X will be the most compatible console ever, enabling HDR for…

Xbox’s Backward Compatibility Comes to an End

With Project Scarlett around the corner, Microsoft is bringing Backward Compatibility to an end as…

Microsoft Hosts an Xbox Backward Compatibility Sale

Microsoft’s annual Xbox Backward Compatibility sale is back, and you can save up to 75…

Microsoft Bringing 19 Original Xbox Games to the Xbox One

Microsoft is bringing 19 new original Xbox games to the Xbox One family of consoles…

Microsoft's Xbox Strategy is the Most Inspiring Story of 2017

Microsoft’s Xbox Strategy is the Most Inspiring Story of 2017 (Premium)

2017 was an amazing year for Microsoft by any measure. But my year-end recap leaves…

Original Xbox Games Arrive on Xbox One

Original Xbox Games Arrive on Xbox One

As promised, you can now access the first 13 original Xbox titles to be added…

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.

First Original Xbox Games for Xbox One Arrive Tomorrow

The first 13 original Xbox games will be made available on Xbox One via Backward…

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