Original Xbox Games Come to Xbox One Tomorrow

By Tom Pritchard on at

Update: After this was written up and published Microsoft announced that the new backwards compatibility is arriving tomorrow, with one game that hadn't leaked (Black). The rest of the leaked games were accurate and will be playable after an update sometime tomorrow.

Original story follows:

Back during E3 Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would be getting backwards compatibility for original Xbox games, and a couple of weeks ago it was confirmed that feature would be arriving before the end of the year. Now it looks like we have a list of games that'll be appearing at launch.

The only game confirmed up until now was Crimson Skies, but there are a few other classic games coming:

In case you can't see that image very well, the games are: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Ninja Gaiden Black, Bloodrayne 2, Crimson Skies, Dead to Rights, Fuzion Frenzy, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Neowave: The King of Fighters, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Psychonauts, and Red Faction II.

Nothing hugely classic, except maybe Ninja Gaiden Black and KOTOR. And no Halo, which was a bit of a surprise to me. Then again the online components have been shut down for ages, and it's not like you can't play both it and Halo 2 in their original forms on The Master Chief Collection.

There's still no word on when the feature will actually arrive, though it's theorised that November is the month people want to hear about. Not only was November the month Xbox 360 backwards compatibility officially launched in 2015, it's also the month the Xbox One X comes out. And it'll give Microsoft an extra marketing tool to use in the run-up to Christmas.

That's not confirmed right now, but it shouldn't be long before we find out for sure. [Polygon via Slashgear]

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