Microsoft Explains How Many Original Xbox Games Will Be Backward Compatible

There’s no doubt that the original Xbox console had some titles for it that were seemingly fun, however there aren’t many ways to play those games on an Xbox 360, Xbox One or Xbox One S console. The only way to play the original Xbox titles is to wait until the Xbox One X release draws near which will bring the OG Xbox Backward Compatible program. However, Microsoft’s head of Xbox Operations has a few things to say about the lineup of backward vompatible games.

Catching wind from publication site GameRant, we learn that in a new interview Microsoft shares some info on how many backward compatible games will be playable at launch. The information comes from head of Xbox operations Dave McCarthy, who says that…

“We have multiple games up and running–we just decided to tease the first one[s].”

The head of Xbox operations, McCarthy, elaborated further on the subject by saying:

“There will be a library of games available, for sure.”

The above quotes coincide with the most recent words by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer. The confirmation that the library of original Xbox games being big enough for one to peruse through via the second backward compatible program by McCarthy, means that gamers will be able to experience more games than presumed.

In addition to the above, a lot of gamers thought the list of original Xbox games would be rather small due to Spencer saying that the second edition of OG Xbox backward compatible games would be less than the Xbox 360 compatible line-up — which is still growing as of this moment.

One of the biggest hurdles that Spencer mentioned in regard to older Xbox games being ported over is that there are rights issues that are said to be more complex than with Xbox 360 games. The move does not mean that there will be a shortage, but an attempt to bring over as many titles as possible that do not infringe on any rights or create headache-inducing complications.

So what does this all mean? Well, it means that, yes, quite a bit of OG Xbox games will be hitting the digital Microsoft storefront as well as being compatible in disc form and won’t be a meager amount of games at that. However, the amount of OG Xbox games will not surpass that of the Xbox 360 Backward Compatible program, if the heads of Xbox stay true to their promise.

Finally, the company has confirmed that the OG Xbox Backward Compatibility program will use game discs and that digital licenses will carry over too. The only two games that were noted to be on the upcoming list are Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Fuzion Frenzy.


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