It’s been a long time since the official announcement, and even further still since the rumour mill started throwing around the idea of original Xbox Backwards Compatability. Well, this week it has landed and there are currently 13 games available for download or purchase from the Xbox One store. One of these is a PB favourite, Sid Meier’s Pirates! which we looked back at a little while ago
Titles also include Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Fusion Frenzy, Ninja Gaiden Black, Star Wars: Knights of the old republic, Prince of Persia Sands of time, Black, Psychonauts, and Red Faction II. This is only so far a small selection of titles, but it’s a big leap forward in what’s possible on your Xbox One console.
We’re still hoping that other titles such as Yaeger, Prisoner of War, and Still Life II get the same treatment, but Microfost remain tight lipped. The good news today is that if you own any of the titles, either physically or digitally, you can get it going in your Xbox One console, with no further purchases necessary.
But how do the games stack up? Well there is of course the loss of online multiplayer, but somewhat mitigated by the fact that LOCAL multiplayer (not relying on the live servers) can be done. Yes. you too can transport yourself back to the early 2000s and have a Halo LAN party once more!
The visuals on the game are noticeably improved, even from the Xbox 360 ports as you can see in our brief video just below. This will be even more noticable on the Xbox One X, which will be looking to run even these titles at the heady heights of 4K.
Don’t expect to see original Xbox titles added at the same rate as their 360 counterparts into the backwards compatibility program, however. Microsoft have said they will be looking to add the next batch around spring of 2018 and until then, we’ll just have to settle back into our piratical ways. Yo ho, me hearties. Yo ho!