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
- Dead to Rights
- 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.