[E3 2019] Xbox Backward Compatibility taking back seat to Project Scarlett


As is usually the case with E3, Xbox has had a busy couple of days. From announcing Xbox Game Pass for PC and their fantastic Xbox Game Pass Ultimate upgrade deal to announcing 60 new games (34 coming to Game Pass at launch) and some more details of Project Scarlett, you have to wonder what else they could announce.

As it turns out, Xbox is scaling back and has announced they have no plans to add more games to the Xbox Backward Compatibility program — after this latest batch, which will get to in a minute. Even though the program has been a great success, with over 600 Xbox 360 and original Xbox games now playable on the Xbox One, the team has decided to shift focus to making “thousands of games from all four generations playable on Project Scarlett.”

So, while there are no further planned additions (planned being the key word here), Xbox has added a slew of Original Xbox and fan-favourite Xbox 360 games, as well as Xbox One X Enhanced updates to some existing games in the program.

Original Xbox Classics Backward Compatibility

These eight Original Xbox Classics are now available to play on your Xbox One:

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

In addition, Xbox has released some Original Xbox DLC for the following games:

  • Armed and Dangerous
    • New Mission: Summer Home
  • Star Wars Battlefront
    • New Map: Jabba
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
    • Expansion Pack (4 new maps, 1 new hero: Kit Fisto and 1 new villain: Asajj Ventress)
    • New mode: Kashyyyk Assault
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    • Equipment store: Yavin Station
  • Star Wars Republic Commando
    • Multiplayer Map: Hangar
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
    • 3 Mission Packs: Kola Cell, Vselka Infiltration, and Vselka Submarine
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
    • 2 Map Packs (split-screen multi-player maps): Federal Bank and River Mall
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
    • 2 Mission Packs (split-screen co-op missions): Nuclear Plant and UN Headquarters
    • 2 Map Packs (split-screen multi-player maps): Polar Base and Steel Squat

Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility

A total of 15 Xbox 360 games are being added to the Xbox Backward Compatibility program as well:

  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts Predator
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  • Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
  • Skate
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syndicate
  • Too Human
  • Unreal Tournament III

In addition to the games above being added, Too Human is also being made free for everyone to download and play.

Xbox One X Enhanced

Finally, a number of Rare titles are being Xbox One X Enhanced with improved color detail and texture filtering alongside resolutions of up to 4K UltraHD. Those who own the digital versions of the games or the Rare Replay collection will see these enhancements.

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Kameo Elements of Power
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

What do you think about Xbox’s plans to stop adding games to the Xbox Backward Compatibility program to focus on Project Scarlett? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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