Microsoft has announced that 13 original Xbox titles are now available via BC (backwards compatible) on the Xbox One! They all feature better graphics and framerates on the Xbox One, with even more upgrades when the Xbox One X arrives. They have said in interviews that these OG Xbox games will drop less frequently and in larger bundles due to licensing issues. The next batch of OG Xbox games is expected to arrive in Spring 2018.
Starting tomorrow, for the first time, you’ll be able to play three generations of games on one console – a curated list of Original Xbox classics like Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge,Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and more will be available across the entire Xbox One family of devices. And when Xbox One X launches on Nov. 7, you can run select Xbox 360 games at higher resolution, 9X the original pixel count, and with expanded color details. Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox 360 games will include favorites like Halo 3 and Fallout 3.
Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community. Preserving the art form of video games is part of our DNA, which is why Xbox One is the only console designed to play the best games of the past, present and future. We’re excited to continue to deliver on our vision of compatibility by adding Original Xbox games to the existing Backward Compatible library.
Original Xbox games available now on Xbox One
The 13 Original Xbox games releasing tomorrow will look better on the Xbox One family of devices, taking advantage of the power of Xbox One with up to 4X the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16X the pixel count on Xbox One X. You’ll be able to play Original Xbox games on Xbox One through the disc you already own, or you can purchase the games digitally in the Microsoft Store.
Since these are original games and not remasters, Xbox Live services such as online multiplayer that were available on the original Xbox will not be available. However, offline multiplayer scenarios such as co-op and system-link are supported as they were originally. There will also be no Achievements for Original Xbox games because this functionality was also not originally available.
Below is the first curated batch of Original Xbox games we’re releasing into the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program. We expect to release another curated list of Original Xbox classics in Spring 2018, so stayed tuned for more. And to help celebrate the launch of Original Xbox games into the Xbox One Backward Compatibility library, Xbox Game Pass members get access to Xbox Original Ninja Gaiden Black for free as a part of their membership to the game subscription service.