Downloadable Xbox Originals Problems Detailed, Japanese Titles Listed, No Achievements (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Nov 14, 2007 12:50pm PST Update: Xbox Live programming director Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has confirmed that Xbox Originals will not feature achievements. "In order to preserve the integrity of the original gaming experience they provide, they will have the features available at the time of their initial release." he wrote.

Original Story: Fresh off the unveiling of downloadable Xbox Originals for Xbox 360, which are slated to arrive on December 4, Microsoft has released a list of known issues experienced when playing the born-again titles.

A result of the Xbox 360's software-enabled backwards compatibility, similar problems tend to crop up when certain original Xbox game discs are inserted into the system as well.

Bungie's Halo is marred by some "very mild" drops in its framerate. During FASA's Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, the top of the screen "very rarely" undergoes some "minor flickering," and during multiplayer, the "Press A to Continue" message does not display after the host leaves. Bursts of static will randomly occur in Lionhead's Fable, along with some texture issues and a brief pause when removing tattoos.

European gamers will find that Double Fine's Psychonauts will not run at 720p over an HDMI connection. To counter the problem, Microsoft recommends setting the Xbox 360's resolution to "anything but 720p." Meanwhile, Crimson Skies, Fable, and the Blitz Games-developed Fuzion Frenzy all have problems accessing non-game bonus content, such as included demos and trailers, which could cause the game to crash.

Microsoft also detailed which games Japan will receive when the service launches later this year. While three of the five titles are the same--Halo, Crimson Skies, and Fable--the Japanese will not be receiving Fuzion Frenzy or Psychonauts. Instead, they'll get Sega's addictive competitive puzzler Puyo Puyo Fever and Microsoft's demon-tastic action offering Magatama, neither of which received a domestic Xbox release.

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