Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Support Won’t Be As Big As The Xbox 360
(Last Updated On: June 17, 2017)

Anyone who enjoys their original Xbox and the games that launched for it might just be able to play some of their favorite titles — like the backward compatibly program for the Xbox 360 — across the Xbox family of consoles, which includes the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X.

According to publication site GameRant, folks looking to play some of their favorite titles found on the original Xbox on their Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X consoles will soon be able to, but not to the full extent like the Xbox 360 compatibly program.

The publication site notes that head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, explained there are two main reasons why the original Xbox compatibility program won’t support as many games as the current Xbox 360 program. The first reason is that there are rights issues that are said to be more complex than with Xbox 360 games. The second reason is that it is more “difficult” to do original Xbox emulation on the newer Xbox family of consoles, with the site bringing up Spencer saying that the way it is being accomplished now is through pure horsepower.

Moreover, the site noted that besides the upcoming program of bringing backward compatibility for original Xbox games to the newest Xbox consoles that Spencer has an interest in doing something similar on PC. At the moment, there are no details on what Spencer seeks to do for PC gamers given that he did not go into full detail on the matter, but it is likely that more info on this endeavor will manifest in the near future.

As of now, the publication site mentioned that there are only two games confirmed at the moment for the original Xbox backward compatibly program that stands to be Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Fuzion Frenzy. With that said, is there a specific title or bundle of games that you would like to see through this new program, or do you think that this whole program is a waste of time?


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  • Speaking of backwards compatibility: I was wondering if anyone could let me know how it works. I have two 360 games now – DoAX2 and Tales of Vesperia – and I’m not sure if I should just buy a pre-owned 360, or get an Xbone and gain access to Killer Instinct. How many games are backwards compatible, and are my games on that list?

  • Speaking of backwards compatibility: I was wondering if anyone could let me know how it works. I have two 360 games now – DoAX2 and Tales of Vesperia – and I’m not sure if I should just buy a pre-owned 360, or get an Xbone and gain access to Killer Instinct. How many games are backwards compatible, and are my games on that list?

    • Both games are not backwards compatible. What games I have for it work fine. Some games (like Gears of War 3) don’t quite have the same level as slowdown as the 360 version, but it’s still no where near as good as it should be. I would say wait until they add the games you want. If you get a pre-owned 360 there’s an extremely high chance it will red-ring on you.

      • Hmm… The problem is I don’t see Microsoft adding support for the games I own, so chances are I’ll have to go down a generation. Are my chances of the red ring lower if I buy it from a store that fixes the console before selling it? I know EB Games does this, as I own a pre-owned Vita that works fine.

        • That’s a good question. Everyone I’ve ever known with a 360, used or otherwise, had the red-ring problem. I think the actual number was something like 1 in 3 (can’t remember, and you might have to Google it up to be sure).

          I remember asking a friend about a game and if he wanted a spare copy I had for the 360 and he hung his head and lowly mumbled that his 360 had red-ringed. I almost snickered.

          You might want to check into modded 360s… I don’t think I’ve heard much about them red-ringing but then again I didn’t follow the scene deeply enough to know for sure.

          But to answer your question, you might want to call up your EB/GameStop and ask them about the performance differences between the refurbished and new 360 models just to be sure about avoiding one that will RROD on you.

          • Not a bad idea. When I have the cash, I’ll meet up with them and ask.

          • DizzyGear

            Unless you are into shoot’em ups which the 360 has a nice selection of on XBLA it might be more wise to buy a modded (or moddable) PS3 so you can play the enhanced version of Tales of Vesperia with the english patch among other things like undubs etc.

          • What about DOAX2?

          • DizzyGear

            Its pretty bad and not worth buying an 360 for tbh.
            Pretty graphics aside its tedious as fuck to play and you’ll prolly grow bored of it after 1 or 2 playthroughs.

            If you want a taste of the game, go download PPSSPP and an ISO of the PSP port called Dead or Alive Paradise. Mechanically its nearly identical minus a few mini games and obviously worse graphics.

          • Well, I already own the game, so… 😛

          • Broen

            The newer xbox does not suffer from that ring issue from my knowledge. I’d just get a brand new 360 and enjoy an amazing catalog of very cheap games

          • I was looking at a slim model, so my chances should be reduced significantly.

  • NeoTechni

    “The second reason is that it is more “difficult” to do original Xbox
    emulation on the newer Xbox family of consoles, with the site bringing
    up Spencer saying that the way it is being accomplished now is through
    pure horsepower.”

    how ironic that a PowerPC chip emulated x86 easier than another x86 chip is.

  • NeoTechni

    “The second reason is that it is more “difficult” to do original Xbox
    emulation on the newer Xbox family of consoles, with the site bringing
    up Spencer saying that the way it is being accomplished now is through
    pure horsepower.”

    how ironic that a PowerPC chip emulated x86 easier than another x86 chip is.

  • Hawk Hopper

    the publication site mentioned that there are only two games confirmed at the moment for the original Xbox backward compatibly program that stands to be Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Fuzion Frenzy.

    I’ve never tried Fuzion Frenzy, but Crimson Skies is great. I wonder if the first two Halos will be backwards compatible or if they want you to pony up for the remasters?

    But really, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is very fun, probably one of the best games on the OG Xbox.