Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Could One Day Work With Original Xbox Games

"I ask the backwards compatibility team this question a lot."


Maybe don't throw away your original Xbox discs just yet. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said today that the Xbox One's existing backwards compatibility functionality could one day be extended to original Xbox titles.

Spencer made the tease in an exchange on Twitter. Here's how the conversation transpired:

Question: "Very silly question, but if Xbox One essentially has Xbox 360 emulator, how much work would go into making original Xbox titles backwards compatibility?"

Spencer: "I don't think it's silly. I ask the backwards compatibility team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 backwards compatibility for now."

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Spencer's comments shouldn't be taken as confirmation that the Xbox One will add original Xbox backwards compatibility support soon, or ever. Clearly, nothing is set in stone at this time.

Backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games is currently available on Xbox One for Preview Program members only. It will roll out to everyone in November, at which time there will be more than one hundred available games. In addition, all future Xbox 360 Games With Gold titles (starting in November) will be backwards-compatible.

Microsoft has not yet announced the full lineup of supported titles, but you can check out this list to see all of the confirmed games so far. The list may grow later this week, as Microsoft says it will announce the next wave of backwards-compatible games in the next couple of days.

If the Xbox One were to add backwards compatibility support for original Xbox games, which titles would you like to see made playable? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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If this actually happens, then Xbox One looks like the next console to buy. I don't know how much longer my old xbox will hold up to be able to play Jade Empire.

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@raphael_jezer: Get the PC version? Then just use Xpadder and an X1 or X360 controller, ( You could even get a USB Xbox Controller )

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Oh man that would be awesome. My old Xbox works pretty well but I don't have Jade Empire anymore and can't find it anywhere.

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@Marky360: It's under your dresser or behind your tv.

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@Marky360: I've seen it on Steam with controller support if one is interested. I still own the Xbox version, so I can't attest to the Steam versions controls "feel" though.

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@barbarossa213: Oh yeah i forgot it is on steam. well, if i ever get into PC gaming, that would definitely be on the list.

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I personally would like to play it on the Original Xbox again

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The 360 emulated the OG XBOX hardware, much like XBONE to 360. If the XBONE can have a fully fledged 360 running on it, shouldn't this be part of the software already?

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@NorseLax09: That was exactly my line of thought.

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We should go to the feedback website and vote for this

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I Remember the first Xbox fondly, the first Halo blew my mind.

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Yes please. I was just playing the original Mercenaries the other day. I'd love to be able to play my OG Xbox games on XB1.

It is the "all in one" entertainment system isnt it?

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I could play Shenmue 2

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@razik: On purpose?

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@razik: Yup

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Considering the 360 couldn't even play all the xbox games, why would the one be able to?

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@divinejester: The original Xbox and Xbox One share a common CPU architecture, so emulation of those games would be rather simple.

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@divinejester: because the og xbox emulation on 360 was on a 1 off basis. If they made a fully emulated vm for the og xbox then every game would be playable. Remember the 1 can emulated all 360 games it's only a matter of getting publishers to agree now

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Yea that's true but then they would probably have to go back and get the publishers permissions for each individual Xbox game as well.

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@Marky360: Not necessarily, depends on how they implement it. If they do not need to redistribute any of the games over Live like the current BC 360 model (i.e. it gets all the date from the disc), then there is no need to worry about permission or licensing. They only need that now because they are redistributing the titles (even if for free) over Live on a system they were never licensed for release to begin with.

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@dlCHIEF58: Without the revenue potential from new sales via XBL, there is simply no good reason to offer BC to the original Xbox at all. If you've got old Xbox games lying around, you likely have the machine as well. The primary purpose of investing in this sort of feature is expanding the library of the current platform to make it more appealing to those who never played the libraries on the earlier platforms.

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I still can't get over how good the original Xbox looked, and ha that controller it's like using an entire watermelon with buttons to control the game, it was great lol.

That said it would be pretty neat to see some of these old games available to play on the X1. It'd be cool if the PS4 did something similar with PS2 an PS games.

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One of the greatest RPGs ever: KOTOR

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@hillyarb: With the Yavin Station DLC. My ex deleted my DLC years ago, and now I have no way to get it back.

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if you were able to play online again with it somehow that would be f.ucking amazing

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@justin1946394: Rainbow Six 3 and Ghost Recon would be a dream come true.

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I would run to Amazon and buy up new copies of Mechassault 1 and 2, Crimson skies, the original GOOD Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Republic Commando. lot of good memories with the original xbox. make it so Microsoft.

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@chimekolover88: May the heavens light shine down upon your comment. I would do the same, like.. NOW. All of those games were great. Then theres KOTOR and several other excellent Xbox games. Hell, I'd love to replay phantom dust again as well. OHHH, Bloodwake as well :p

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@chimekolover88: yes yes yes all of it

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@chimekolover88: Lol. You my friend are a OG Gamer. I had all those titles when I got my OG Xbox. Best fun I had was Mech Assault. PLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEASE bring that game back Phil.

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LOLOLOLO you beat me to it. was JUST gonna post about mechassualt as well.

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Interesting. Would be sweet. Play some Morrowind!

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Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel time. :) Yes I actually liked the game.

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Oh man that would be so sweet. I've never owned an Xbox console but even I know that the idea of the XBO being able to play almost any Xbox title would be incredible!

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This is amazing news. Crimson Skies, Psy-Ops, PG 1&2, Full Spectrum Warriors, Prince of Persias, Midway Treasures, Conker Reloaded, Darkwatch, Area 51, Paintball, SW Republic Commando, Razes Hell, Tron 2.0, Men of Valor, Wacked!, Time Splitters: Future Perfect, Mech Assaults, Unreals, Conflicts, Carve, the GOOD Rainbow Sixes & Ghost Recons & Splinter cells, Crash N Burn, and the best arcade racer ever - Burnout 3: Takedown


The OG Xbox is my all time favorite console! I WANT THIS!!!

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I don't see myself using the original xbox backward compatibility too much. Most of the ones I want to play have been remastered or there is a PC version. Conker is probably the only one I think can think of I would play. The other would've been Shenmue 2 but I just recent played that on emulator. Still I wouldn't mind it having the to say the least.

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If they make this a feature I would like them to turn back on the original Xbox Live servers so we can play mp. I'm sure it would be considered with Phil Spencer at the helm.

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Need for Speed Underground and Most Wanted. I may consider buying a xone for these and other games. Maybe.

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Sounds great but let me guess. You wont be able to play your favourites because of 'licensing' issues or some such bollocks.

Yeah, not holding me breath. Nice idea though.

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@daniel79: you say that like it's hard to believe licensing is an issue?

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Whoa!, really? Ahem.. Bloody roar extreme, Shemune 2, Area 51, Crimson Skies, Ninja garden black, Panzer Dragoon, Hyper street fighter 2 Anniversary online, King of fighters: maximum impact, KOTOR please! Make it happen MS, please.

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I would totally play Psi-Ops or Gladius again. (There are dozens of others, but those are the first two that come to mind.)

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This would be awesome. Especially if it worked for more games. And if it works better than on 360.

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Project Gotham and other exclusives not released on other platforms yes not even on Steam.

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Its awesome they are getting 360 games running, as long as they get enough support, i am loving playing Shadow Complex on XB1. Having Xbox Original games to play on XB1 would be even more awesome. Jedi Academy and Tony Hawks Underground!

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X-men Legends.

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@nikomat: Oh Hell yes!

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Oh man, imagine playing Metal arms with an Xbox One. Or actually trying crimson skies!

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I have yet to play jet set radio future. I hope they add it.

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Now, I know this will never happen, but the original Xbox almost shipped with the ability to play Dreamcast games, wouldn't it be neat if MS could make a deal with Sega to include a Dreamcast emulator in addition to an OG Xbox emulator? Then all they'd need is to get Shenmue 3 made for the X1 and you could play the whole trilogy on one system!

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@suicidesn0wman: I read that Sega bosses wanted MS to make the Xbox compatible with all existing Dreamcast games but i dont know who messed it up.

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@sladakrobot: They probably made the call to move to discs instead of cartridges

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@mupet-man: What?