Microsoft has pulled a fast one on fans and unveiled that Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility is launching tomorrow with thirteen titles in tow.
These games will all be available for purchase digitally for $9.99, and all will gain 1080p resolutions, better/smoother frame rates, and faster loading times. System Link multiplayer will be available, but no online features are being revived for the program. Also just like with Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility, those that own the disc for the game will be able to use those to play on the Xbox One family of consoles. The initial list of titles includes:
- BloodRayne 2
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Dead to Rights
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Grabbed By The Ghoulies
- The King of Fighters Neowave
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction II
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
While this is the initial list, it is unknown how quickly others will be added to the list. Xbox platform lead Bill Stillwell expressed that some games will be more difficult or simply impossible due to legal issues. These include contracts outright missing due to them being completed on paper, licensing issues with songs, or that choice publishers don’t exist anymore. IGN, who originally broke the news, also created a few videos to showcase the enhancements and how noticeable they are. Check the links below to see the difference with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Fusion Frenzy.
Also on the Backwards Compatibility front, four choice titles from the Xbox 360 will be getting Xbox One X enhancements. The games will be receiving a mixture of improvements including HDR lighting, nine times the number of pixels, 10-bit color depth, and more. These updates will enhance Halo 3, Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and the original Assassin’s Creed. The updates will be available for free for owners of the titles on Xbox One X starting November 7th. IGN also produced a comparison video showing the difference on Halo 3‘s The Pit multiplayer map. At this time it is unknown if more titles will see enhancements.