Thirteen original Xbox games are now available on Xbox One via ‘super backwards compatibility.’ (Well, that’s what we’re calling it!)
When I was at Microsoft’s E3 media briefing this year, the biggest cheer of the afternoon arrived when Phil Spencer announced that the Xbox One would be getting backwards compatibility with original Xbox titles.
Despite the PlayStation 4 making all the headway during the early years of this console generation, it’s arguable that Microsoft is now taking the most gamer-centric approach.
The Xbox One may not be able to compete with the PS4 in terms of new first-party exclusives, but with a huge range of compatible Xbox 360 titles, and today’s first batch of Original Xbox games, the console has a deep library that more than justifies the its place.
Today’s Xbox One is unrecognisable in comparison to the Kinect-saddled slab that was unveiled in 2013, so well done to Phil Spencer and his team, frankly.
And top marks to Microsoft for getting a few fan favourites out early. Our, somewhat obvious, picks from the initial lineup are Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Ninja Gaiden Black, and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.
To play the compatible games you can either use the original game disc, or download via the Xbox One Games Store. original Xbox
Here are the OG Xbox games you can play right now:
Original Xbox backward compatibility titles
- BloodRayne 2
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Dead to Rights
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- The King of Fighters Neowave
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction 2
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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