13 games from the original Xbox will be playable on Xbox One starting tomorrow.
In a report with IGN, Xbox revealed the first 13 original Xbox games joining the backwards compatibility program. As you’ll see in IGN’s videos below, the games look sharper than ever now that they’re free from the original Xbox’s 480p resolution cap.
The first 13 original Xbox backwards compatible games
- BloodRayne 2
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Dead to Rights
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction II
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- The King of Fighters Neowave
While there’s more original Xbox games coming to backwards compatibility, the Xbox team maintains that the list will be considerably smaller than Xbox 360. Some of this is due to missing paper contracts from the time the games are made, but there are other legal issues such as licensed music that might prohibit the Xbox team from selling some original titles.
Graphically, all of the games look better thanks to the resolution bump, and they have improved framerates and load times. One thing Xbox addressed was that most of the games will still be locked to their 4:3 aspect ratio, but some games, like Ninja Gaiden Black do support the 16:9 ratio of modern televisions.
Those who still own discs for any of the first 13 games will be able to put them in their Xbox One tomorrow and play them natively. Additionally, the same games will be coming to the Xbox Marketplace to be purchased digitally. While the games aren’t playable until tomorrow, a few original Xbox games have sprung up already. While games like Red Faction II is going for $14.99, the majority of the games are just $9.99. You can check what’s been added the the Xbox Marketplace here.
Which of the first 13 are you most excited to play? Are there any original Xbox games that you’re hoping come to backwards compatibility? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below or on Twitter!