Original Xbox Games are now Backwards Compatible

In pleasant news, just before the halloween spooks take over the Earth at the end of October, Xbox has added original Xbox titles to backward compatibility, meaning they should be playable on your Xbox One right now. The Xbox marketplace has seen a gentle stream of 13 original Xbox games appear, which contrasts with the flood of Xbox 360 titles we saw appear with 360 backwards compatibility. Though that is understandable when factoring in the length of time that has passed since the original Xbox titles were released, which makes navigating licensing agreements and figuring out just who owns the rights to those old games a slight problem.

Nevertheless, the original Xbox games which have appeared have prices starting at a reasonable $9.99. Alternatively, your original Xbox discs should work fine too, so long as they aren’t scratched to bits. Below is a list of the first original Xbox games which have arrived:

  • Black
  • BloodRayne 2
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Dead to Rights
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • The King of Fighters Neowave
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Faction 2
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Perhaps you are waiting to play these titles in a luscious upscale on your Xbox One X which will be available to the public on November 7th, just a few weeks away. Reports seem to suggest that these original Xbox games will look better on the Xbox One X, rather than the vanilla One or the S, but don’t expect to see these games in 4K. We examined ways in which the original Xbox titles and the addition of the Xbox One X to the family on consoles could affect games with gold, you can view this article here.

Which games will you be playing first? Have any favourites that haven’t made the list yet? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on our social media channels. See you next time.


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