Original Xbox backward compatibility games start appearing in Microsoft’s store – The Verge

Microsoft revealed at E3 earlier this year that the Xbox One will be backwards compatible with some original Xbox games. It appears the feature is ready to launch, as original Xbox games are now appearing in Microsoft’s “games on demand” section of the Xbox marketplace. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Neowave: The King of Fighters, Prince of Persia, Red Faction 2, BloodRayne 2, and Dead to Rights are all available in the store, priced from $9.99 or more.

While you can buy digital copies of these titles, they’re still not showing up in the Xbox One dashboard. This might mean the feature requires a dashboard update, or that Microsoft still needs to officially flick a switch on server side. Either way, Microsoft has previously promised that original discs will work with the backward compatibility. The games follow a leaked list over the weekend that appears to detail all the first titles that will be available on Xbox backwards compatibility. Twitter user WalkingCat posted the following list:

  • Bloodrayne 2
  • Crimson Skies
  • Dead to Rights
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Neowave: The King of Fighters
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Pirates!
  • Prince of Persia
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Faction II
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

It’s not clear exactly when original Xbox games will be available on the Xbox One, but Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently revealed the company was “really close” to launching the feature.


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