Making Classic Xbox Games Backwards Compatible Is “More Complicated”
In case you’ve been wondering, more original Xbox games are coming to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility lineup but they will take a bit longer. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that more titles are on the way but the process is “more complicated” than it is for 360 games.
“There are a number of OG games in BC pipeline,” said Spencer in a tweet. “They won’t drop as often as the 360 games but team is working to validate and get permissions. More complicated with some just due to the age of rights etc.”
There are a number of OG games in BC pipeline, they won't drop as often as the 360 games but team is working to validate and get permissions. More complicated with some just due to the age of the rights etc.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 27, 2018
From the sounds of it, it seems that we won’t be getting as many OG titles as 360 games. This does make sense too, since getting permission from the rights-holders for older titles is trickier and more involved than acquiring them for newer games.
So far there are 13 original Xbox games that will work on Xbox One, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. This pales in comparison to the number of 360 backwards compatible titles which exceed over 350!
You can view the entire list of 360 backwards compatible titles here.
Even if OG games aren’t released as often, we’re hoping that Phil Spencer and his team can bring over a few more classics like The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Jade Empire, Conker’s Bad Fur Day Reloaded, and of course, Halo: Combat Evolved.
What other titles would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.