ByJay Ricciardi, writer at
Former Senior Editor of Now Loading.
Jay Ricciardi

If you haven't heard, Microsoft is bringing the backwards compatibility thunder at 2017, and Xbox's Phil Spencer announced that soon (TM) Xbox One and Xbox One X (the console formerly known as Scorpio) will have full backwards compatibility.

You'll be able to play all the games from the original Xbox, which released back in 2001. This feature will take some time to roll out over the next year.

Meanwhile, Sony and the PS4 continue to push backwards compatibility to the side, with one Sony executive recently saying: "I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?"

Where Sony caught a lot of ire for these remarks, Microsoft is embracing their early 2000s gaming past. The original Xbox featured some pretty incredible games, and many gamers remember the following fondly:

  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Halo 2
  • Jade Empire
  • Fable
  • Morrowind
  • Jet Set Radio Future
  • Psychonauts
  • Star Wars Battlefront I & II
  • GTA: San Andreas
  • Burnout 3
  • Project Gotham Racing
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher's Bay
  • Soul Caliber 2
  • Conker: Live and Reloaded
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Shenmue 2
  • Mercenaries
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • Crimson Skies
  • And so many more

The early 2000s was something of a golden era for the Xbox brand, and longtime Xbox fans are loving the fact that Microsoft is so willing to devote resources to keeping these old games alive.


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