Original Xbox backward compatibility hits Xbox One tomorrow

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The original Xbox games have all been 1080p enhanced and local System Link multiplayer is enabled for supported titles.

First announced back at E3 earlier this year, original Xbox backward compatibility is now upon us with the feature rolling out starting tomorrow, October 24th, with thirteen classic “OG Xbox” games available.

The original Xbox games have all been 1080p enhanced, a big upgrade from the 480p/480i days from when these games were first released. If the game supports System Link, the ability to play together across four consoles on the same network, you’ll be able to fire up an Xbox LAN party and check out these classics with your buddies. Unfortunately, as original Xbox servers have been shot down, online multiplayer is not supported. Interestingly enough, System Link works across Xboxes as well with IGN being able to set up and play a four-player Crimsons Skies match using an original Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X.

The first thirteen original Xbox games that will be available to play on your Xbox One include:

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

IGN points out that we probably shouldn’t expect the same number of backward compatible Xbox games as there are Xbox 360 games for a number of reasons.

“A curated list of key games was the way to go with this,” Xbox platform lead Bill Stillwell told IGN, noting that many original Xbox game publishers either don’t exist anymore, or the contracts are missing (because they were done on actual paper!), or there’s a licensing issue with a particular song, etc. As such, while it might be technically possible for Microsoft to make them compatible with Xbox One, it might be legally impossibly or unfeasible.

The games work from the original disc or can be purchased from the Xbox Store for only $9.99USD. In addition, those who are current subscribers of the Xbox Game Pass service will be able to play Ninja Gaiden Black as part of the program. Now excuse me while I go dig up my old Crimson Skies disc!

What do you think about original Xbox backward compatibility? Are you looking forward to revisiting some classics on your Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: IGN  Source: Major Nelson
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