Chase can finally stop asking me when Xbox Originals are coming to Xbox One. They are here! On October 24, 2017 (today) the Xbox One becomes compatible with 13 Original Xbox games.
Every game will be enhanced with 1080p resolution, higher and smoother frame rates, and faster loading times. All thanks to the power of the Xbox itself. In an interview on IGN.com Xbox principal software engineer Eric Heutchy said “This detail has always been there, but the technology of the day was holding it back.”
Whether you own the original Xbox disc, own it digitally, or buy it from the Xbox One store tomorrow just boot up the game to see the improvements. Basically the Xbox One system acts as a emulator that allows these classic games to run at improved performance rates.
If you don’t believe me, check out this comparison video of Fuzion Frenzy running on the original Xbox and running on the Xbox One.
The following 13 games are now playable on the Xbox One:
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Dead to Rights
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Red Faction II
- BloodRayne 2
- The King of Fighters Neowave
Each game costs $9.99, except for Red Faction II (14.99). Everyone should be able to find something that speaks to them. Personally, I own so many copies of Knights of the Old Republic that I might as well buy another one, I also already own a digital copy of Ninja Gaiden Black when that became backwards compatible with Xbox 360.
It is also worth noting that these games still support network play, if you network happens to be local. Any game with multiplayer can be connected via System Link, even across console generations. That means you can now connect an original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox One X and play your favorite game from 2004.
In related news, 4 Xbox 360 games are also slated to receive an performances enhancements for the Xbox One X.
- Halo 3
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Assassin’s Creed
- Fallout 3
These games will receive improved performance, including frame rates and textures. We will have more news on further backwards compatibility upgrades when the Xbox One X launches on November 7th, 2017.
Which game are you hoping comes to the original Xbox backwards compatibility program next?