Xbox One's Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility Still Coming In 2017

Phil Spencer also teases something related to Xbox One X.

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One of the pleasant surprises Microsoft had in store for E3 this year was the announcement of Xbox One backwards compatibility support for original Xbox games. At the Brazil Game Show, we caught up with Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who provided some insight into where things stand with the upcoming feature.

"We're close, we're really close," Spencer said when asked for the status of Xbox backwards compatibility. "I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games [and] where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don't think we've announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners, but we're still on track. I feel really good. The games look great."

Spencer also remains confident that the feature will be out before the end of the year, as planned. "Oh yeah," he said about his certainty of a 2017 launch. He also teased that there are still details about backwards compatibility will work on Xbox One X that have yet to be revealed: "There's some stuff we're going to talk about in that space in terms of how compatibility's going to work on [Xbox One] X specifically that I think people will find pretty interesting.

"Some of the games hold up really well; some of them don't. But the gameplay mechanics and the smile [you got] on your face 15 years ago playing those games, those are things that are still there. I see it, like getting back to playing Crimson Skies, [it's] fantastic, and the game actually looks really good even though it's obviously been around."

Spencer mentioning Crimson Skies is expected, as it's only one of two games--along with Fuzion Frenzy--that have been confirmed as part of the program. "We have multiple games up and running--we just decided to tease the first one[s]," Microsoft executive Dave McCarthy explained about Microsoft's E3 reveal of the first two games. "There will be a library of games available, for sure." However, you shouldn't expect the library to be as big as that of Xbox 360 backwards compatible games.

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Don't think I know a single game that I want to go back to on the OG xbox that's not already been remastered on the X1.

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@tonyleo01: There are a shit load.

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@tonyleo01: How about Incredible Hulk Ultimate Destruction, Ninja Gaiden Black, Black, 007: Everything or Nothing, Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, The Bible Game, Blinx 1&2, etc...

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@tonyleo01: Choas theory? Brute force? Sonic heroes?

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@restatbonfire: Brute Force, **** yes! Love the shit outta that game. Wish they made a sequel.

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Choas theory and Sonic Heroes are both on PC

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@restatbonfire: I don’t know. Maybe. It’s just these games doesn’t age well on the og Xbox and can pretty much run well on any potato now.

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Only original Xbox games I'd want to play would be the 2 KOTOR titles and Jade Empire.

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@TTDog: I'd take those and the Entire Tom Clancy collect, SplinterCells and Ghost Recons.

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Looking forward to playing Crimson Skies, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Jet Set Radio Future, GunValkyrie. Good stuff.

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Xone is not getting enough love as it should be, if only there amazing exclusives for Xone that are as good as PS4 exclusives.... Conker Bad Fur Day is a must have Xbox game

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Original Xbox backwards compatibility will hopefully bring back all the good old Vampire action games.

Blood Omen 2, Legacy of Kain Defiance, Castlevania Curse of Darkness, and BloodRayne 1+2. (maybe even those Buffy the Vampire Slayer games)

Also it's disappointing that the Castlevania LoS series isn't backwards compatible yet.

At this point Dante's Inferno would be a welcomed addition to backwards compatibility since it's close in style and theme.

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I'm wonder if the XB1X will force higher resolution to backwards compat games. I mean on the pc emulators you can choose resolutions it only depends on the power of your pc.

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Changing resolution have almost no impact on performance on PS2 and Wii emulator. Any modern GPU can handle the game in 4x resolution upscale or higher. GPU on Xbox one should more enough than enough to run every xbox 1 game on 1080p.

CPU speed matters more for emulation.

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I've got my OG Xbox hooked up to an old TV, it'll be nice to play these games in HD. Picked up Crimson Skies for $1, so I'm ready!

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@Brettsky128: I kept my copy , still have around 250 original Xbox games on disc.

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@Brettsky128: Great game, completed it several times.

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My OG Xbox was mostly a Star Wars machine for me. Obi-Wan, Jedi Knight 2, Jedi Acadamy, KotOR, KotOR TSL, Republic Commando, Battlefront, Battlefront 2, The Clone Wars, Jedi Starfighter, Revenge of the Sith.

I know I can play the majority of them on PC, but it's just not the same feeling, would love to see some of these added to BC, and if they could throw a few achievements in for good measure, even better.

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@spike6958: Strangely i know what you mean lol. I have most of them on disc for original Xbox . Have them on PC too and although they look better and run much smoother i still play the Xbox versions more on my plasma in the secondary games room.

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Ninja Gaiden Black or bust.

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AMped, transworld snowboarding and Kelly slaters pro surf here I come!

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If I can play Metal Arms on the One I'm shelling the cash on a digital copy, no questions asked and no waiting for a deal.

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The only two original Xbox games I would like to replay is Ninja Gaiden: Black & Jade Empire.

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Did they say if they will offer Xbox Live play for any of the titles? If so I need to play online Midtown Madness 3 again.

Other than that the main games I'd want to replay consist of Otogi 1 and 2, and Mercenaries.

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@eelektrik: I don't think they're going to revive the OG Xbox Live, but they did say that you could system link an X1, 360, and OG Xbox all together for LAN play.

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Ninja Gaiden Black!. Unreal Championship 2!!!

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Panzer Dragoon Orta


Jet Set Radio Future

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@just a guy named joe: Hell yes!!

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Elder Scrolls: Morrowind :3

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@MegamanX97: Bethesda loves M$ so that could actually happen lol

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Nice addition for those that don't have access to older consoles or are pressed for space.

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Def jam fight for ny is all i have to say.

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@gamestar73: Nice! Got that on the Gamecube.

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@gamestar73: dang Good call!

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give me mechassault 2 and il pay £40. online working obviously.

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Just give me Buffy the vampire slayer, Jade Empire and KOTOR and no one gets hurt.

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@graffitiheart: Your loved ones will be hurt when you start to ignore them and focus on playing those games.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta

*crosses fingers and stalks the Sega boss* 🤣

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Day one for me can’t wait for this console. The elite controllers are probably the best ever made but I’m on my second one and the rubberised grips have started to come away at the seems again. Think it could be a fault but other than that there excellent.

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I’m currently playing Half Life 2 on my XB1 using bc, and it was on the original XBox. Hope the games we get include my favorite titles, glad the wait will be over soon.