First Original Xbox Games for Xbox One Arrive Tomorrow

The third and current iteration of Microsoft's Xbox platform, the Xbox One, launched in 2013 without native backwards compatibility integrated into the system - the ability to play games from previous console generations on new consoles - despite the fact that the previous system, the Xbox 360, was able to play original Xbox games. These first 13 will be available tomorrow, October 24.

When the Xbox One X console launches on november 7, you will be able to run select Xbox 360 games at higher resolution, 9X the original pixel count, and expanded color details.

If you still have your original Xbox disc, just insert it into your Xbox One console. If you own it somewhere digitally on your account, that will work as well. There's also a visual comparison of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic below.

This launch-day Xbox One could have supported Xbox 360 games from the get go, had a few things gone differently. With Xbox One being pushed as an all-in-one entertainment center, this is an excellent way to make all of your favorite games playable in one place.

Since these are original games and not remasters, Xbox Live services such as online multiplayer that were available on the original Xbox will not be available. All three looked clearer and crisper than ever thanks to no longer being restricted to 480p (or for many at the time, 480i) resolution. Most of these games will still be in a 4:3 aspect ratio, however. "It's definitely a product of his time". Additionally, you can buy them directly from the Xbox store for $9.99 United States dollars.

According to a report from IGN, some of the enhanced backward compatible titles have "10-bit color depth unlocked where they previously had 8-bit" and some have high-dynamic range (HDR) lighting enabled.

Above: Another comparison between Fuzion Frenzy running on the original Xbox versus it running on an Xbox One.

  • Joey Payne