We knew that it was coming, but it’s about to be real – being able to play three generations of Xbox games on the Xbox One.
Starting tomorrow – Wednesday, October 25 – a curated list of 13 original Xbox classics will be available to play on the Xbox One. They’ll all look better on the current hardware, taking advantage of their power with up to four times the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16 times the pixel count on Xbox One X.
Original Xbox games that you already own can be played on Xbox One via the original disc, or you can purchase them digitally. Xbox Live services such as online multiplayer that were available on the original Xbox won’t be available, but offline multiplayer such as co-op and system-link are supported.
Achievement hunters may be disappointed that there aren’t any to be had here, but the originals didn’t have them, so it makes perfect sense.
Anyway, here are the 13 games from wave one, with a second drop of new titles due in early 2018…
• BloodRayne 2
• Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Woohoo! (Grabs disc and hugs it in anticipation…))
• Dead to Rights
• Fuzion Frenzy
• Grabbed by the Ghoulies
• King of Fighters Neowave
• Ninja Gaiden Black
• Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
• Red Faction II
• Sid Meier’s Pirates!
• Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Here’s the difference that’s been brought to KOTOR…
Meanwhile, a handful of classic Xbox 360 titles are getting the spit and polish treatment on Xbox One X at the time of the console’s launch, with them being able to run at nine times the original pixel count, and with expanded colour. These initial titles are Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 3, Halo 3 and Oblivion.
This example of the Halo 3 upgrade bodes well for other back catalogue sprucings up…
Your move, PlayStation…