Original Xbox titles now available on Xbox One, 360 titles getting One X enhanced
Microsoft has been working on bringing backwards compatibility to the Xbox One of a number of original Xbox titles to the console and the first 13 are available now. Each of the titles has been rebuilt to support 1080p output with faster framerates and faster loading times. Better still, if you still own the original discs, all you need to do is insert them in your Xbox One and the enhanced version will download.
Here’s the list of original Xbox titles out now:
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Dead to Rights
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Red Faction II
- BloodRayne 2
- The King of Fighters Neowave
While online multiplayer functionality isn’t supported due to the shutdown of host servers years ago, titles that support System Link will still work. Even better, they will also work across all four generations of the Xbox. If there is any drawback to the upgrades, it is that they still run in their native 4:3 aspect ratios, reflecting the TV technology of the day. Some do, however, support 16:9 aspect ratios such as Ninja Gaiden Black. If you don’t have the original disc, downloads are just US$10 each.
In related news, four Xbox 360 games are getting specially enhanced for the all-new Xbox One X console for its November 7 launch. Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will be able to drive nine times more pixels. Some will include 10-bit color depth (the originals only sported 8-bit color), while HDR support is also in the offing. Gamers will see improvements on either 1080p displays or 4K HDR displays as the games will feature improved texture quality, faster framerates and better overall detail.