At E3 2017 Phil Spencer announced that Xbox One backwards compatibility would be getting original Xbox games as well. The announcement was met with a rapturous applause and rightly so. However we should not be expecting that the library of original Xbox games playable on Xbox One will be as extensive as the backwards compatibility lineup of the Xbox 360.
On Giant Bomb’s live show, Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about original Xbox games being added to backwards compatibility , and the challenges involved with that. He mentioned that the lineup is not going to be as big as the amount of games of Xbox 360. This is because it’s tougher to lock these down when it comes to the rights, as said by Spencer. Also because it is technically difficult. These difficulties are understandable as there is a huge generation gap between the original Xbox and Xbox One , and hence one can understand why there might be a problem. Here is what he said
“It won’t be as big as Xbox 360, I’ll tell people that,” said Spencer.
Up till now, there are only two original Xbox games that have been confirmed for the backwards compatibility library for Xbox One and they are Crimson Skies and Fuzion Frenzy. The expected date for the launch of the program is supposedly by the end of 2017. So we will have to wait and see how it actually pans out. In comparison, there are more than 385 games of Xbox 360 that can be played on Xbox One , so even though there might not be an extensive collection to choose from it is still an interesting concept one which will bring back nostalgia in heaps.
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