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

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

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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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BDRTFM

That would be awesome. I have over 100 original xbox games and my consoles are getting pretty rusty inside. Look like capacitors are starting to leak in one of them as well. Too busy fixing other people's stuff to repair my own :( This would solve that problem. Destroy all Humans! 1 and 2, MechAssault, Morrowind, Simpsons Hit and Run, all the Star Wars games so on and so forth. So many great classics that many have never played. Git er done.

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Mr_Mark_Legion

@bdrtfm: there you go saying morrowind for the xbox and getting me all nostalgic.

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silentrambo

@bdrtfm: You and I have (almost) the same list of games

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W0OOTY

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2

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Packerfan7575

I hope this happens. I still have some original xbox games that are bc with the 360. To have every xbox game playable on one console would be a dream come true. Sony should follow suit. Why not give your customers every available game?

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davem1992

Did the original Xbox even have games worth playing?

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suicidesn0wman

@davem1992: Ok dave, I scoured my collection to see if I could find a game you would like in there. Since I have an idea of your unique tastes, I figure I can answer this one best.

Lets start with Otogi 1 & 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZySNXLnCtQ

and follow it up with a little Panzer Dragoon Orta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5i4pjMvu2c

sprinkle on a little Sudeki: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAaTnxDEkJo

add a touch of Phantom Dust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q9GSqj-0Nk

with a little Jade Empire for desert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVpl4eKn3aY

and wash it all down with some Crimson Sea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJUJ3mT3eEw

Then you can move on to some fighting games like Guilty Gear XX#Reload, Guilty Gear Isuka, Capcom VS SNK EO, SVC Chaos, Bloody Roar Extreme, Tao Feng, KOF Neowave, KOF Maximum Impact, Samurai Shodown V, Street Fighter Anniversary, Dead or Alive 1-3, and Marvel Vs Capcom 2

If you want to try some western RPGs theres Arx Fatalis, Enclave, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Baldurs Gate Dark Alliance 1 & 2, Xmen Legends 1 & 2, Star Wars KOTOR 1 & 2, AD&D: Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, and of course the original Fable: Lost Chapters

And after you get tired of all that RPG stuff, get a little action out of Jet Set Radio Future, Crimson Skies, Deus Ex: Invisible War, American McGee's Scrapland, Metal Arms Glitch in the System, Fatal Frame 1 & 2, ObsCure, Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth, Shenmue 2, Oddworld Munches Odyssey & Strangers Wrath, Splinter Cell 1-3, Voodoo Vince, Toe Jam & Earl 3, Gun Valkyrie, Stubbs the Zombie, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

While this list might not be 100% exclusive, it has many of the best games released on the OG Xbox, and much of the multiplats had an advantage due to the Xbox being more powerful than the PS2.

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gamerboy100

@davem1992: Try this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Xbox_games

You cam even sort it by whether or not they are exclusives.

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davem1992

@jordpingitore5: I own em all and use em all, try again moron.

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DaVillain-

@davem1992: Ever heard of: Phantasy Star Online: Episode 1/2? That was a fun game.

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dlCHIEF58

@davem1992: Are you serious? There were TONS of games worth playing and all superior to their PS counterparts. Also very few crappy, non-innovative JRPGs so that is a plus.

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davem1992

@dlCHIEF58: So yeah, bugger all.

Also ok Xbot, I love those "crappy non-innovative" JRPGs more than any game on Xbox One so the Xbox also sounds like a pile of shit.

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Flyincloud1116

@davem1992: You can count them all on your fingers and toes. I still have a few, like Crimson Skies and KOTOR.

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davem1992

@flyincloud1116: In other words, nothing?

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DeathCrusher91

@davem1992: Conker live reloaded, Unreal championship 1 & 2, Morrowind, Enclave, etc.

I know some of those are also on PC, I'm just answering your question.

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SingletreeAve

@DeathCrusher91: Kung Fu Chaos.

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davem1992

@DeathCrusher91: Bad Fur Day > Live and Reloaded.

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dlCHIEF58

@davem1992: Story wise, yes due to the censoring. In terms of gameplay, control and graphics, not even close as L&R blows the N64 version away.

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davem1992

@dlCHIEF58: Nope.

The Xbox visuals ruined the style of it, controls for attacking were putrid.

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DeathCrusher91

@davem1992: Maybe the one released on N64, the Rare Replay version runs like sh**, and the controllers are horrible and has no option to change like JFG. Just played live reloaded this morning, much better than BFD.

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RossRichard

@davem1992: Yes.

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davem1992

@RossRichard: such as?

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MrFreehuggs

@davem1992: Halo 1 & 2, SC: Chaos Theory, Jade Empire, Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2, Fable, Ninja Gaiden Black, Morrowind, Escape from Butcher Bay, Burnout Takedown, Crimson Skies, Mercenaries, JSR Future, Beyond Good and Evil, Panzer Dragon, Black...

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Bickle2

@MrFreehuggs: JSRF, crimson skies, MechAssault, PD Orta never released on other platforms

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davem1992

@MrFreehuggs: Have all of them already on other systems, any exclusives?

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FatalScorpion

@davem1992: Fable, Blackstone, Deathrow, Brute Force, Advent Rising, Unreal Championship, Amped, Arx Fatalis, Mad Dash (cool non traditional racing game), ToeJam & Earl III, Sega GT, Phantom Dust, Panzer Dragoon, Jet Set Radio: Future, Murakumo: Renegade something (mech fighter game), MechAssault, etc...I don't really remember too many more that haven't been mentioned as it's been awhile since I've played those. Do you have all those games conveniently on one system?

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MrFreehuggs

@davem1992: You asked if the original Xbox had any games worth playing, not if it had any you can't play any where else

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davem1992

@MrFreehuggs: Then I should make it more clear, any exclusives worth a damn?

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MrFreehuggs

@davem1992: Expand it to exclusive to that generation and there are a few gems. There weren't a whole lot of Xbox exclusives that i can remember

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Flyincloud1116

@MrFreehuggs: So true. Most list I see consist of multiplatform games or mediocre games that people call great because of revisionist history. Not very many when you really think about.

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Flyincloud1116

@davem1992: Halo?

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davem1992

@flyincloud1116: Have it on Xbox One, it's meh.

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Flyincloud1116

@davem1992: I don't know what else to tell you. The fanboys may have some suggestions.

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azunaki

@davem1992: absolutely.

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davem1992

@azunaki: such as?

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azunaki

@davem1992: There are a lot of games that received a 7/10 or so. they work, are an enjoyable experience, But there are also games like Kingdom under fire heroes, mech assualt, ninja gaiden, the original phantom dust received pretty good reviews, Or a return to project gotham racing.

Are the most notable, outside of say, Halo 1&2 or Grabbed by the goulies, all three of which are already playable on Xbox one.

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MrFreehuggs

@davem1992: ... Phantom Dust, Psychonauts, The Punisher, Oddworld, Phantasy Star 1 & 2, Shenmue 2, Thief Deadly Shadows, Conker Live and Reloaded, Xmen Legends 1 & 2, Brute Force, Doom 3, Spy Hunter... Not all of them are great but they're games I miss playing. I'm sure there are more

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truemack69

@MrFreehuggs: there's another game I thought was pretty cool. Freedom fighters

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tootsinmyguuts

@davem1992: Well no, not really. Everything good has either been remastered at some point or is available on a different plat.

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BDRTFM

@davem1992: If you have to ask, its not worth our trouble answering. Try Google.

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davem1992

@bdrtfm: So bugger all then?

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sladakrobot

@davem1992: Its so long ago but people said that the original Xbox had more unique and more exclusives than the X360.

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KaalKurayami

@davem1992: lol

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tootsinmyguuts

"Keep asking"

-Phil Spencer

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Mr_Mark_Legion

@tootsinmyguuts: lol

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Grim_DIcer

Xbox One just keeps getting better and better ... Imagine if Sony did this with PS4 being backwards compatible with PS3, 2 and 1 games? Sweet

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KaalKurayami

@Grim_DIcer: Very sweet.

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PlaystationZone

@Grim_DIcer: well Sony has no choice do same it's not copy because Sony did in past and ps2 games went wrong but ya they try again.

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Spartan_418

@playstationzone: "Lord Vader, can hear me?"

"Yes, host."

"Where is the plum of? Her safety, is she ok?"

"In your exasperation you killed her."

"Impossible, I can feel she return on the hoof"

"Do not want"