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Microsoft is preparing to make some kind of announcement about Original Xbox backwards compatibility support on Xbox One, it seems. In a blog post today, Microsoft said it has a "big update" to share regarding this. The announcement will be made during the next episode of Inside Xbox, which premieres on Tuesday, April 10, at 3:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM ET.

"One of our most common requests is for Original Xbox Backward Compatibility news, and we'll be starting off the show with a big update on just that," Microsoft said in a post on the Xbox Wire.

On Monday, April 9, Microsoft will provide a "full breakdown" of what to expect from the next episode of Inside Xbox. That being said, Microsoft teased that "we reserve the right to keep a moment or two fully under wraps for a proper surprise."

There are currently 13 Original Xbox games available on Xbox One through backwards compatibility, including Black, Psychonauts, Prince of Persia, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

The first episode of Inside Xbox premiered in March, and it brought news about Sea of Thieves and PUBG, as well as another look at the new Duke controller.

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Achievements in Original Xbox games or XBL for original Xbox games would be legit awesome.

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backward compatible on windows 10, with a xbox 360 and xbox games even physical disc too, then i could relive perfect dark zero and perfect dark xbla again.

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timesplitters 2 now microsoft now timesplittters 2 if you dont announce any good games i m done w xbox

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I want Republic Comando !

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Oh man... that surprise. Maybe MS finally developed a technology that converts all previous generation game into AAA modern looking games that can run on the Xbox One X!

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A emulated dashboard is the surprise.

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Microsoft giving an (original) Xbox game with GwG would be amazing!

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I'd be happy with the ability to play both "The Simpsons: Hit & Run" and the original "Mercenaries" on my XB1.

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Make them work on Win10. That's the only thing "big" enough they can announce after that build up. Just another game won't cut it for me.

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@nsignific: A perfect way to kill off X1 for good. Everyone would win since PC people can play on there and console people can buy X1 if they want.

While BC is nice on consoles, you can pretty much count on it only lasting a few years, after which you need to start hoping again. On PC that isn't much of a fear

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Maybe they will be opening Halo 2 multiplayer back up again - that would be radical!

Really gotta give Kudos to MS for the way they are handling their back catalog of 360 games and now original games. They didn’t have to do it.

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@mbrogz3000: It's pretty clear Sony is counting on software/games and Microsoft is counting on hardware/ecosystem. So they kind of had to do it because the game train already went

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This is why I prefer Xbox One over a PS4 :)

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@sam628: For really old games ? That's sad.

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@anomanderrakex: What's sad is that's all you keep writing.

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@sam628: Yeah, PS4 is too busy with this generation's releases. Makes sense to want to play games from the early 2000s now.

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@ElevenHandMan: don’t be jealous

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I still want my SEGA SmileBit games: Panzer Dragoon Orta, GunValkrye, and Jet Set Radio Future. How about Otogi 1 & 2? SHENMUE 1 & 2!!!

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@streetmagik: was shenmue 1 on the Xbox? I remember the second one being on there

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@mickpunx: I thought it was, but I guess it was just the video disc. Oh well. They both need an HD rerelease before 3 comes out.

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@mickpunx: it was a dvd disc with a video of what went on the game itself wasn't

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Mate, I hyped for this new announcement. I don't recall MS promo-ing a "we have a huge surprise" in years. I'm guessing it may be a Sony exclusive that's jumping over maybe. OR some new exclusive.

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@hollywood1: If you actually read the article you would know it has to do with Orig Xbox BC games. No need to guess what the surprise is when it tells you what its about.

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THIS IS AWESOME!!!! Thank you Gamespot. The toxicity levels were reaching new heights. Hopefully this will stop the trolls.

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@hollywood1: So Gamespot creates toxic articles trolling gamers to generate traffic and now they can't handle the heat. That's actually a bad thing since it's the only reason there were any substantial amount people coming to the site was for the laughs the troll comments contributed. Now GS is going to become a ghost town.

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@hollywood1: I guess "my sister makes 50 000 grand per month" isn't toxic

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@hollywood1: yeah it’s good news. It’s ended up being just full of hate and spite. Hopefully this’ll make a change

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After getting my X the first game I played was the enhanced KOTOR, still holds up. Any number of original XBox games I'd like to see in bc: KOTOR 2, Thief, the Riddick games, Morrowind, Dreamfall, Freedom Fighters, Jade Empire.

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So a brand new , powerful console to play old og xbox games... that's sad actually.

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@anomanderrakex: 3 generations of games on one console is sad? your poor attempt at demeaning other peoples preferences is whats sad.

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Watch Outside Xtra and Outside Xbox . Far more entertaining.

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I love my PC.

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Announcing an announcement that will be announced in the future. Think my head is gonna explode like the guy from 'Scanners'

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@moonco: Honestly though if you dont announce many times and way ahead of time, most people will never see the actual event. So many medias, so many news, so many activities

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Timesplitters Future Perfect please

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@superklyph: Pretty cool game hey?

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It'd be dope to see another 10-20 games added for original Xbox games (Halo, Halo 2).

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@redviperofdorne: Sure, they could add Halo CE and 2, but why play them when the MCC versions exist?

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@Spartan_418: Still hanging out for the Xbox One X enhancements for MCC should be epic.

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C'mooooon Time Splitters and SW Battlefront 2...........

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I want to put a MEtal Arms disc in The One and love shooters again.

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Pretty sure a while back when they talked about the Scorpio (aka Xbox One X) they said it will have full BC for ORIGINAL XBOX GAMES. So I'm betting that is the big fuss they will reveal and maybe new Exclusive. I could be wrong though. Can't wait to here what ever the news.