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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I wish Ubisoft pulled their head out their butt and bring the Entire Splinter Cell series to Xbox One BC. I want to revisit those classics on my current gen console. The original Ghost Recons and Full Spectrum Warriors would be nice as well.

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Good on MS, this is the right way to do things.. aka backwards compatibility!

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"I don't care about the games, I just want backwards compatibility with my OG XBox controller!"

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Good for Microsoft

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Splashdown please

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I want Sudeki.

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They have to get Kingdom Under Fire: Crusaders going. That's one of the most underrated and unique games ever made, and there are no other versions of it.

It's a travesty.

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I'm partially excited, but ever since I bought a modded original Xbox and installed my 80 so games on it, the Steam/PC backlog hasn't gotten any smaller. I've been playing Jet Set Radio, Halo and even stuff like Driv3r and original Battlefront rather than finishing my Witcher 3's and Phantom Pain's. Even the slight mud resolution doesn't bother after the first minute.

But like Phil said, things aren't for everybody. BC is an outstanding feature for some, but I don't see it overthrowing Xbox+X360+PC combo. Clean custom menus, 4 original controllers and so on. Maybe after all the games have rotated in the free Gold or at least $2 price tag.

Here's hoping that Xbox 2 will be the big thing to make use of collected BC as well. More customization for menus, at least 4 ports for controllers (preferably 6 or 8) and a crapload of revolutionary exclusives/other games (most of these current covershooters, FPSs and other games could have been handled on X360 or most even on X0 as long as you compress the textures and sounds appropriately). And almost full X0, X360 and X1 BC. That sounds like a device worth $800

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I bought Crimson Skies in anticipation for this. Hope it delivers MS.

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@nintendoboy16: Good buy. I played through it again a few years ago and still loved the hell out of it. It held up well.

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Steel Battalion with the original controller. Come on MS, take my money.

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Unreal was great but it was at 470 graphics, but, still would like to replay.

was hoping for Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium and its add on from the 360 to xb1.

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@samurai1313: Tenchu is a Sony game.

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@Dark_Matters: No it is not. Though they had a lot of their first games on the SONY platform, they also had their games on other platforms. Facts.

Tenchu devs are 3rd party.

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@legendaryh1tman: i know people that want return from darkness b.c.

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I still have the true Xbox 1. Got it tricked out with a zillion 16 bit games on the HDD. That original controller was a disaster though.

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Does the original xbox even have anything worth playing ?!

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@rabih55555: Yeah it had some of the greatest games. Had all the best versions of Splintercell & Ghost Recon along with great exclusives like


HALO 1 & 2,

Project Gotham,

Jade Empire,

Jedi Knight 1 & 2,


Crismson Skies,

Panzar Dragoon,

Dead or Alive games

Ninja Gaiden

Jet Set Radio


Mech Assault

NFL Fever

Otogi 1 & 2

Outlaw Volley Ball

Tom Clancy Rainbow Six Raiven Shield

Unreal Championship 1 & 2

WWE Raw 1 & 2

Silent Scope....was an amazing game you could use a light gun to play. Also seen huge success at arcades around the world

I named most of the good ones but there was more. It may of had a fraction of what PS2 had back then, but it had the superior versions of all the those games that were also on PS2. And crazy thing a lot of their games didn't have parity, so for example the Ubisoft games on Xbox were almost built entirely different than the PC and PS2 games and were the superior versions mostly even to PC.

So glad I had one back then along with my PS2. PS2 was great but damn the Xbox platform was even greater for the little that it had my opinion. It also had the greatest game line up launch in history and that still holds to this day.

LOL I sound like a Xbot but seriously I have all SONY and Xbox consoles to include both PSPs. I enjoyed both consoles a lot. Had 2 PS2s.

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@rabih55555: There are about a dozen fantastic games on it that you can't get anywhere else.

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Nothing too much I'd want to play again from my original Xbox...yeah fusion frenzy was fun, amped was cool, maybe jetset radio ... Could be fun for a while, and I still have the disks....

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They need to add James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing since it wasn't added to the 360 BC.

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@J_P-: One major problem: licensing. EA had the Bond license at the time, but gave it to Activision right when the new gen started. Now, Activision has since dropped Bond and no one has claimed rights to the games yet.

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BC is genius. I hope to see the majority of the good old school xbox titles like Fable, Burnout, Hulk etc. Good stuff.

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IMO whole backward compatibility program is practically a complete failure. For me as a gamer keeping my old (or getting a new one during sale) Xbox (original) and x360 feels much better option to play my games anytime I want, rather than using BC. It is clear that MS clearly wasting everyone's time with BC and basic Xbox one os features which should be there at very first place because they literally have nothing else to offer. So everyone just keep waiting for rest of your life for no good reason. Good marketing MS.

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@sangzeel: I prefer one system to rule them all approach than a wire nest of various hardware connected to my limited 4 port HDMI TV to play a few games.

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@sangzeel: I also keep my consoles, but many people sell them because (1) they need money for a new system or games, (2) they don't have the physical space in their homes, (3) they don't have enough TV inputs and don't want to mess with cabling.

There are many valid reasons for needing/wanting BC on the XBox One X.

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@sangzeel: That’s a lot of bullsh*t just to say you don’t like BC

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THUG 1 and THUG 2 would be awesome and Burnout 3

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Crimson Skies is a great start. It is still one of the best Xbox games ever.

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@deviltaz35: I agree. It still blows my mind that that game doesn't have a sequel.

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@Fernin-Ker: i know it is crazy hey? Instead we get awful re-releases time and time again of the very same games with new skins such as Battlefield, Call of duty and yet years ago there was this remarkable game that was far better than any of them.

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@deviltaz35: I wouldn't go so far as to say "far better" as that's just memeish disparagement in my opinion. But there is definite validity to the fact that Crimson Skies was unique, cool, and not something we've seen a lot of since. It's definitely ripe for a new game in the series.

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@Fernin-Ker: Well it was to me , then again i loved Conkers bad fur day MP was so pissed when original live was taken off please tell me it means we can play MP Conker again :). Who doesn't want to storm the beaches with Teddy bears and Squirrels.

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I'm sure I'd play whatever game I like on Xbox, on the One. I'd try it out, but right now, the one I think makes the most sense that I'd want is TimeSplitters 2 and 3. Those are games solely made for those-gen consoles and haven't even been on PC. Almost all other games can be played on PC, or had some kind of remaster that I'm thinking of.

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@NTM23: There are a ton of games on the original Xbox that were not released anywhere else or even had a remaster.

Considering the similarity in architecture to PCs, it's kind of a crime.

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Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction.

You will thank me if you forgot about the game. You will thank me if you've never played it and searched for it and found a copy to play.

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@chex1982: Because I want to be that guy, I say no. I completed it and it was ok. I guess it kind of reflects what Hulk game is about just like Spiderman 2 reflects what Spiderman is about, but while SM2 gets an easy 8, Hulk is more like 6. The destruction of city and fending off the handful of enemy troops got old even before the end of game.

It's a good candidate though since Halos, Ninja Gaidens, Splinter Cells, KOTORs are the obvious ones. Additionally they will do something like Bloodwake, Azurik, Wreckless, Midtown Madness and Hulk would also fill certain niche. Though maybe Mechassault is a ton easier to licence and gives the same city mayhem.

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i want to play buffy

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I understand why BC was difficult on Xbox 360, because it used IBM Power PC chips, but why is Xbox One not a given? The Original Xbox used an x86 based Intel Pentium processor, Nvidia GeForce chip, and running on a stripped down Windows. The Xbox One uses an x86 based AMD chipset and a stripped down Windows. The hardware should be more than enough to emulate the Original Xbox operations!

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@dee2k: Not the hardware is the licensing from what I heard. A lot of these companies don't exist anymore.

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Cool, I always wanted to play mech assault and Dino crisis3, can't wait!

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I want KOTOR, jade empire, brute force, sonic heroes, splinter cell choas theory, turok, blood rayne, republic commando

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Those games you mention can played on PC (any weak PC will runs it at much higher resolution than original xbox)

Also, Jade Empire is shit. I could not play it more tha hour on PC. The game is not as good as any of the modern bioware game (from dragon age origin or anything newer)

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@rabih55555: bro I don’t own any type of pc or laptop. I just like the ease of access with consoles. If that’s what you feel about jade empire I feel sorry for you lmao

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and not to mention no gamepad support on PC.