E3 2017: Backwards Compatibility For Original Xbox Games Coming To Xbox Live

Classic Xbox titles like Crimson Skies will be among the new Xbox Live backwards compatibility lineup.

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Microsoft is proud of their efforts to bring backwards compatibility for older Xbox games to the Xbox One, and despite the huge number of last-gen games available on Xbox Live, players have eagerly awaiting the day when original Xbox games would land on their modern consoles. Well, that day is today, as Microsoft has confirmed that backwards compatibility for original Xbox games is coming soon to Xbox Live.

While Microsoft didnt provide any sort of list of the games they're planning on bringing to the service, they did confirm that the fan-favorite Xbox title Crimson Skies would be among the first to reach player's consoles. There's still a lot of life left in this year's E3, however, so we may hear more about Xbox backwards compatibility in the days to come. Stay tuned for details.

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    June 11, 2017 3:45 PM

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      June 11, 2017 7:01 PM

      I just saw them discussing the BC on the IGN stream with an Xbox rep. It supports the discs AND you can LAN OG Xboxes, 360s, Ones and One Xs all together using original discs and have local LAN play.


      Ohhhggoooddd if only they could create a Steel Battalion adapter!!!!!!!!!!

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        June 11, 2017 7:08 PM

        Interesting!!! Hmmm!

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          June 11, 2017 7:19 PM

          From what he was saying, the team is pretty rabid about the tech.

          From my own years of doing Xbox standards testing, MSFT puts huge value on multiplayer functionality, so if the game supports LAN, they'll damn well want that to keep working, especially if that's the only way to play some old titles. I think it's an awesome decision.

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            June 12, 2017 12:03 AM

            Can't wait to LAN up my OG to xbone for Halo and hopefully PGR.

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        June 12, 2017 5:02 AM

        Oooh it supports the original XBOX discs too? I wasn't expecting that, very cool. My interest in getting an XBOX ONE just went up quite a bit.

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      June 11, 2017 7:21 PM

      They better bring Links back!

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      June 11, 2017 7:27 PM

      This is cool but I can't think of many games I'd ever want to play?

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      June 11, 2017 7:28 PM

      LET
      ME
      DOWNLOAD
      PANZER DRAGOON
      AND
      JSRF
      AND
      BREAKDOWN

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        June 11, 2017 7:32 PM

        Panzer dragoon in 4K at 60 fps would be an easy purchase. I'm kinda surprised that franchise fell off given it's universal acclaim.

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          June 11, 2017 7:53 PM

          If it upscales my disc, I might consider it too. PDO is one of those games that seemed so phenomenally beautiful for many years after it came out, but looking at it now, it's funny to me how old it looks compared to the images in my memory, that are super sharp, colorful and clean.

          I have an OG Xbox still permanently hooked up to my TV in part for PDO and Gunvalkyrie!

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            June 11, 2017 8:54 PM

            I'm bummed I never finished it on 360. That, ninja gaiden and crimson skies are the few original xb1 discs I still hold onto. No excuses if I can play it at even higher quality on xb1 and don't take advantage

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              June 11, 2017 11:15 PM

              If you still have the disc, find a way to play it to the end. The later parts have a great story and visuals.

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                June 12, 2017 12:43 AM

                Yep I still have the disc and box. It's one of those games I'd hope to always hold onto. Yeah I need to get on it! Damn you Zelda!

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      June 12, 2017 12:08 AM

      Would be nice if they also added Xbox OG and 360 compatiblity to the Windows 10 Store.