At long last, original Xbox titles will be playable on the Xbox One family.
Gamers have been critical of Microsoft for years for not allowing complete backwards compatibility right out of the box. Despite taking a small step in the right direction in 2015 by allowing Xbox 360 games to be made available on Xbox One, there were two major problems: the inability (or possible outright refusal) to play all 360 titles, and the notable lack of support for Microsoft’s original foray into the home console market. Though the number of compatible 360 titles has gone up significantly, the classic Xbox has still found itself shunned by Microsoft until now.
Starting October 24th, a selection of games from the Xbox will be made available once again for play on Xbox One systems. The list of compatible games is small, like the original batch of 360 games made compatible, but Microsoft has said it will continue to drip feed games throughout the coming months.
Microsoft is attempting to make up for the lack of available titles by making the titles that are playable run smoother and look sharper than they ever have on a home console, boasting games will feature “up to 4X the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16X the pixel count on Xbox One X.”
IGN recently demoed one of the featured games on the Xbox One S, and the results are below.
The list of titles Xbox backwards compatible titles are as follows:
- BloodRayne 2
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Dead to Rights
- Fusion Frenzy
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- King of Fighters: Neowave
- Ninja Gaiden Black (available for free with Xbox Game Pass)
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction II
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
With the added announcement that certain 360 games will be getting added performance boosts on Xbox One X, Microsoft will be busy keeping Xbox owners happy as they wait to release exclusive titles like Crackdown 3 and the next installment in the Halo franchise.