Six Original Xbox Games Can Be Downloaded Now Ahead of Backwards Compatibility Launch

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Dead to Rights, Red Faction 2…

UPDATE (10/23/17): Not long after this story was published, IGN dropped the exclusive news that the below 13 original Xbox games will be available tomorrow, October 24th. They are enhanced with 1080p resolution, higher and smoother framerates, and faster loading times.

ORIGINAL STORY: Back in June during their E3 press conference, Microsoft made fans happy by announcing that backwards compatibility for original Xbox games was coming to the Xbox One. A date was never confirmed but it seems like an announcement is ready to be made because half a dozen OG Xbox games just showed up on the Xbox digital store (spotted by Lifelower).

The list of games includes Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Red Faction 2, King of Fighters: Neowave, BloodRayne 2, and Dead to Rights. While the games can be bought from the store, they do not show up on the Xbox One’s ‘Ready to Install’ list, which tells us that Microsoft has yet to flip the switch, so to speak. According to Eurogamer, they are playable on Xbox 360 though. We can assume that an announcement is being prepped sometime this week. It is also possible that Microsoft may hold off on the announcement until Nov 7th when the Xbox One X launches.

Over the weekend, an image circulated on social media showing more original Xbox titles that could be part of an initial launch. The six games above are part of the list alongside others like Fusion Frenzy, Crimson Skies, Psychonauts, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Pirates!, and Ninja Gaiden Black.

Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility Launch Titles

This isn’t the only way to play backwards compatible Xbox titles. It was confirmed that original discs will work as well, as long as you still have them. Furthermore, system-link play will be supported as well between the original Xbox and Xbox One.

How excited are you for OG Xbox backwards compatibility? Let us know down below.