Aching for something to play on your Microsoft Xbox One and feel like reaching into the past? Grab your old original Xbox games and prepare to party like its 2001 all over again because Microsoft has announced that its extended the Xbox One's backward compatibility past the Xbox 360 into the realm of the original Xbox console. Jeremy Parrish at Retronauts points out how big a deal this is from the game preservation perspective.
Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has often been a selling point for the machine in the past, often with the arrival of something legendary that’s not easily played elsewhere such as Red Dead Redemption, and Microsoft’s learned friendliness towards backwards compatibility is in direct contrast to Sony — who have not really cared about it much since taking PS2 compatibility out of the PS3, and are instead content to offer a limited range of older games through their PlayStation Now streaming service…still, highlighting the OG Xbox for backwards compatibility now is a surprise, considering there’s games on there that are now old enough to take their GCSE exams.
Peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin is even getting in on this action by offering a resurrected original model Xbox controller for the Xbox One. Backward compatibility is, despite what executives at Sony would insist, an important part of a console's backbone. Yes, we're all spending more and more money on the latest and greatest new releases, but sometimes you want to revisit an old favorite without having to dig out dusty cables and searching for lost memory cards. Microsoft is playing catch-up this generation, and offering easy, affordable access to those original Xbox games is something that its chief competitor just isn't interested in doing. Keep pushing this angle, Microsoft. A rising tide lifts all boats. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is the first classic Xbox game to be playable on the X1 later this year with more to follow.
Your original Xbox discs will work. Digital licenses will carry over. AND you can system-link play across all three generations.— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) June 12, 2017