Xbox One’s Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Goes Live Tomorrow With 13 Titles

Oh gee.

Announced back at E3 in June without a firm release date, the original Xbox is joining the Xbox One’s backward compatibility programme tomorrow, 24th October, starting with 13 games and set to expand over the coming month. There’s no hidden charges, you simply need a copy of the game either on disc or digitally – they’re coming back to the Xbox Store and will cost $9.99.

Across the board, the games are being enhanced with 1080p resolutions, though 4:3 aspect ratios will be preserved, and there’s the potential for some more stable frame rates. Games that supported system link for local multiplayer between networked consoles will also work

The 13 games are:

  • 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

Alas, your particular favourite game may not be able to make the jump, and Microsoft will continue with their curated approach to picking games. Some titles will be subject to lapsed music licenses, in particular, making them very difficult to revive and put back on digital stores.

Source: IGN

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  1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
    Ninja Gaiden Black.
    Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.

    Thats me sorted……

  2. So, my short first impressions of the lineup:

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Vitally important game, was on list.
    Ninja Gaiden Black – Was on the list and deservedly on here.
    Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge – We knew about this one.
    Fuzion Frenzy – We knew about this one too.
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – Surprised that Ubisoft remember this one. Wasn’t expecting multiplatform stuff to be honest. A great inclusion.
    Psychonauts – Decent platformer, seems a timely inclusion.
    Dead to Rights – Odd choice. Max Payne 1 & 2 might have been better options.
    Black – A modern warfare shooter that was apparently quite average.
    Grabbed by the Ghoulies – Not sure why this one was included since Rare Collection is cheap now.
    Sid Meier’s Pirates! – Not sure how the console version plays, but the PC version was great fun.
    Red Faction II – Ah the glory days of blowing up walls. Nice inclusion.
    BloodRayne 2 – …it has its fans…
    The King of Fighters Neowave – Not the best KoF game to port by a country mile.

    Notable omissions – Capcom vs SNK 2 and anything by Sega (particularly Jet Set Radio Future).

    • Black in its day was more than average..
      For Christ’s sake man you could blow up cars smash glass and shoot through boxes unlike Infinite Warfare where you cant even shoot through a hay bale with a futuristic energy rifles.
      Pah!!! Average my ass…

  3. Kotor for me. Gonna enjoy me some classic star wars.

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