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Play Original Xbox Games on Xbox One

Apr 23, 2018

By: Max Cannon

Microsoft announced plans to include support for games from the original Xbox on the Xbox One during their E3 showing last year. While the service has only had a few additions to the lineup since launch, we've gotten 8 new upcoming games announced during the Inside Xbox show and later on listed at Major Nelson's blog.

The backwards compatibility lineup for Xbox just got bigger.The backwards compatibility lineup for Xbox just got bigger.Courtesy of Xbox

Playing the Classics

In an episode of the new live show "Inside Xbox." we saw discussions about big names like Splinter Cell, an interview with the creator of Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, and new announcements about backwards compatibility. If you're someone who's been playing Xbox titles since the early 2000's, then you may be familiar with some of the games confirmed for backwards compatibility for the Xbox One. And if you're new to the world of Xbox then this is the best possible way to enjoy those older titles. Heads up, some of the older games are rated M for Mature by the ESRB but there's some stuff family friendly stuff here too!

19 New Original Xbox Games on Backward Compatibility in April | Inside Xbox E2

Here's the listing offered up by the team over at Xbox.

Original Xbox games releasing on April 17:

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • SSX 3

Original Xbox games releasing on April 26:

  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Republic Commando

Keep in mind that the games here don't have access to their original online functionality like they did on the first Xbox and the servers were shut off years ago, but there's not going to be much of a better way to play the original Battlefront on consoles. Many of the 360 games have their servers still on to let players enjoy the original game.

SSX 3 is lucky enough to get Xbox One X enhancements.SSX 3 is lucky enough to get Xbox One X enhancements.Courtesy of Gamer Headquarters

Supporting Backwards Compatibility

Though PlayStation has done well this generation, the one place they clearly lag behind Xbox is with their support of backwards compatibility which is one of our most desired features for a next-generation console. By not only supporting backwards compatibility but also by assisting the quality of the original with Xbox One X enhancements, Xbox has proven that they're the best way (and only way) to play last generation games on current generation hardware.

The collection of Star Wars games added to the backwards compatibility lineup.The collection of Star Wars games added to the backwards compatibility lineup.

If whatever the Xbox Two is will support all of the titles available on your Xbox account then that immediately puts it at an advantage with an extremely pro-consumer feature. For the time being I'm going to encourage that support by playing backwards compatible games like Blinx: The Time Sweeper and my all-time favorite snowboarding game SSX 3

Have Your Say!

Are you excited to try any of the new/old games added to Xbox's lineup? Do you prefer playing new games or returning to the classics? Share your thoughts below!