Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility Has Finally Arrived

This evening, Microsoft have revealed to IGN which original Xbox games you’ll be able to play on your Xbox One consoles when the service launches later today. The launch totally snuck up on us but within the next 24 hours you’ll no doubt be able to play (some of) your favourites – the launch line-up has something for everyone.

Your original Xbox disc will work in your Xbox One if you already own it, if most of these titles can be purchased digitally via the Xbox Store. The Australian pricing is set for these titles between AU$9.95 and AU$14.95. I myself dug my copy of Knights of the Old Republic out of storage in anticipation.

For all original Xbox games played on Xbox One, they’ll boast a resolution boost up to 1080p as well as full System Link functionality across multiple consoles. Xbox, Xbox One and Xbox One S players can all play with each other via System Link. As Xbox Live no longer offers services for these games, however, online play will no longer function.

The launch line-up is as follows: –

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  • 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
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Faction II
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • The King of Fighters Neowave

The line-up is a good mix; many consider Knights of the Old Republic to be one of the best Star Wars games ever, while Ninja Gaiden Black is an incredibly solid action game that natively supported widescreen too. BLACK will be the standout for many here too – it was a shooter made by the Burnout developer Criterion that had some amazing destructive effects many are clamoring for even today.

Microsoft insists they’ll bring more games to the service – though licensing is ultimately what will have the final say. Some games released on the original Xbox either have defunct publishers or the contracts are missing as they were done on actual paper. Imagine that. Paper.

I’d personally love to see Splinter Cell, Morrowind, Jet Set Radio Future or even Timesplitters make their way to the service.

Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility launches this week, with most regions enjoying the service from October 24th.