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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Daveof89

I didn't buy an xbox one to play games from 2002. Don't get me wrong, those games were great, but there are so many current games to play, why is everyone so interested in old games again?

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RestatBonfire

@Daveof89: i mean, games are games who cares what year it’s made. We play games to have fun. I still have fun playing super Mario world

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RadPro

@Daveof89: Why in the world would you be against an additional feature for your console, especially a popular one? Just felt like whining?

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Daveof89

@RadPro: I am not against it, I just don't understand why it's a big deal.

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RadPro

@Daveof89: Because a lot of people enjoyed many of those games and would like to play them again, how is that not obvious? I still play older games like Baldur's Gate on PC, the fact that they're old doesn't suddenly turn them into bad games.

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Brettsky128

@Daveof89: There is no such thing as old games, only games I haven't gotten around to playing yet.

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Marky360

@Daveof89:

I've always been interested in old games I'm just too lazy to pull my Xbox out if tue closet and hook it up again lol. None of the games of today hold a candle to Ninja Gaiden.

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SADASDASD

@Marky360: YEAH NINJA GAIDEN BLACK WAS A HELL OF GAME

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Marky360

@sadasdasd:

Yea I still have the original Ninja Gaiden on the the Xbox I hope that is one of the backwards compatible games because I would love to play it again. If not it looks like Imma be pulling the old Xbox out of the closet.

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Attitude2000

@chipbrooks2313: I'm hoping that works out for me. I'm starting Strattera soon!

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LongFlopper

@Daveof89: Old games are cool. It is cool they are preserving these games and making it easy for people to play them legally. On the other hand, they really need some exclusives (good ones too) to make the Xbox brand appealing.

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PSYCHOV3N0M

@longflopper: "On the other hand, they really need some exclusives (good ones too) to make the Xbox brand appealing."

THIS^^^ is my main argument. I want more than just Halo, Gears, and Forza.....

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@longflopper: You like cuphead and Forza 7....

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xhawk27

@Daveof89: I didn't buy a PS4 to buy old games from 2002.

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GarySan

@xhawk27: You got the PS4 for the high amount of quality first party and console exclusives available which the Xbox lacks, right? We get it.

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vickissv2

@garysan: Depends on when he bought it , as the X1 was spanking the PS4 with more and better rated exclusives the first 3 years of this gen and STILL got crushed because of resolutiongate and Maddick era PR mistakes.

Sunset Overdrive shouldn't be slept on.

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SADASDASD

@sellingthings: the ps4 is the worst console dude are you high or something if someone insulted your brand no need to show your fanboyism

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master_49

@sellingthings: We have seen mid-cycle console upgrades before - typically pitched as a console "upgrade". Examples include: Coleco Adam (add to ColecoVision), Famicom Disk System (add to Famicom), Atari 7800 (an upgraded 5200 using the same core parts), Sega CD (add to Genesis), Sega 32X (add to Genesis), Neo-Geo CD (add to Neo-Geo), Nintendo 64DD (failed hard in Japan, not released in US/Canada), Nintendo DSi, new Nintendo 3DS.

I left some out, but you get the idea.

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xhawk27

@sellingthings: Indeed. Explains all the remaster of games.

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MJ12-Conspiracy

Timesplitters 2/Future Perfect

KOTOR/KOTOR2

PGR2

that's really it, if those make the list I'm sold cus with X360 compatibility we have the Fallout's and Mass Effect trilogy and a few other big games from there.....

of course if GTA Vice City comes to the list that's just chocolate syrup......

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devilmaycryyyy

@MJ12-Conspiracy: ahhh Timesplitters 2 is one of the greatest game ever, actually I still playin it on my pc via emulator from time to time!

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@MJ12-Conspiracy: YES!

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SuperSnakePlissken

I enjoyed many of the original Xbox games but personally I won't be playing any of them.

Now concerning the 360 backwards compatible games I've played close to two dozen of those. They hold up a lot better and the quality of gaming from that early 2000's to the late 2000's is huge.

I still regularly rotate through;

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Halo Reach

UNO

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

and a few others.

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SuperSnakePlissken

@7tizz: Because I never kept any of the original Xbox games that I owned, and I played to death all of the games I enjoyed at the time.

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Spartan_418

"the game actually looks really good"

Don't see how a 480i or 480p game can look good in 2017 on a huge 4k TV, so I'm curious to see if/how they'll improve the visuals in Original Xbox games

If they've found a way to run the games at higher native resolutions, would like to see that applied to 360 games too

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S7eventhHeaven

@7tizz: dont try and watch a dvd on a 4k tv it shows all the limitations of standard definition to the point youll just want to give your full dvd collection to the needy

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master_49

@s7eventhheaven: Disagree - with good equipment, a DVD can look good on a 4K TV. I have a Vizio 70 inch 4K TV + PS3 and PS4 ... DVD video output from those systems look GREAT (they upscale the image to 1080p and output via HDMI to the TV, unlike standard DVD players which output a 480i/480p signal and rely on your TV's internal video scaler).

Don't get me wrong - Blu-ray is much clearer and well defined, and UHD Blu-ray looks a bit better. But...DVD is still very watchable.

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Marky360

@7tizz:

Metal Jesus freaking sux ass. I hate that guy.

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Marky360

@7tizz:

Man what a freaking douche I didn't even know about that. Man that is the literally definition of parasite right there. Don't blame you for unsubbing.

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MegamanX97

@7tizz: Seems like a lot of people were turned off by that. He lost a lot of subscribers after that video. Metal Jesus even posted a regret video on that.

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NaturallyEvil

That's great, as long as they can get it to work right this time. Fuzion Frenzy was a very underrated party game, but it ran like crap on Xbox360, and some options were completely disabled.