Starting from tomorrow, Xbox users will be able to play three generations of games on one console! A curated list of Original Xbox classics such as Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic and more will be available across the entire Xbox One family of devices.
What’s more, is that when the Xbox One X launches on November 7th, players can run select Xbox 360 games at higher resolution, 9X the original pixel count, and with expanded colour details! Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox 360 games will include favourites such as Halo 3 and Fallout 3.
Compatibility is important to Xbox, developers, and the community, so seeing this huge step in preserving the art form of video games is very exciting, and because compatibility is in Xbox’s DNA, this is why the Xbox One is the only console designed to play the best games of the past, present, and future.
For fans who still have all of their original discs, you’ll be excited to hear that you can play Original Xbox games through the disc, but for those less fortunate, these games will be available for purchase digitally through the Microsoft Store.
Since these are original games and not remaster, Xbox Live services such as online multiplayer that were available on original Xbox will not be available, however, offline multiplayer scenarios such as co-op and system-link are supported as they were originally.
Sorry achievement hunters, but there will also be no Achievements for Original Xbox games because this functionality was also not originally available.
Below is the first batch of Original Xbox games being released into the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program. It is expected that another curated batch will be released in Spring 2018, so keep your eyes open for that.
To help celebrate the launch of Original Xbox games into the Xbox One Backward Compatibility library, Xbox Game Pass members get access to Xbox Original Ninja Gaiden Black for free as part of their membership to the game subscription service.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the Original Xbox games that will be available tomorrow on the Xbox One family of devices:
- BloodRayne 2
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Dead to Rights
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- King of Fighters Neowave
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction II
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic
So, what do you think of this massive announcement? Are you excited, or massively disappointed? Let us know in the comments below.