What you need to know

  • Some original Xbox games are showing up on the Microsoft Store.
  • Titles like Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb may become backward compatible soon.
  • Today's Inside Xbox show should provide more details.

Updated June 10, 2019: Microsoft revealed that a number of original Xbox games and Xbox 360 games are joining Xbox backward compatibility soon. Unfortunately, the team needs to focus on "Project Scarlett" so these will be the last backward compatible games on Xbox One. Backward compatibility will resume when "Project Scarlett" launches it seems. You can take a look at the games below.

Original Xbox

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

Xbox 360

  • Asura's Wrath
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts Predator
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  • Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
  • Skate
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syndicate
  • Too Human
  • Unreal Tournament III

Ever since Xbox One backward compatibility was announced, gamers have been asking for a few high-profile titles. While the majority of requests revolve around Call of Duty, the Indiana Jones franchise has been other hot series. This morning, a slew of original Xbox games were listed on the Microsoft Store, and there are also reports that they're upgraded for Xbox One X. Armed and Dangerous, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, and Unreal Championship 2 can be seen on the page. There's an Inside Xbox show in a few hours, so we should know more then. They'll probably be backward compatible today.

Backward compatibility opens the Xbox One to a huge variety of games, spanning three generations of Microsoft's consoles. Despite hardware differences, it remains an outstanding feature, allowing a select library of older games to be played on the console. While the majority of them are Xbox 360 titles, there are also some original Xbox games sprinkled in there. To date, gamers have enjoyed well over a billion hours of backward compatible games, and the catalog now includes over five hundred Xbox 360 titles alone.

Out of all of these, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb has to be the standout. It's a third-person adventure game with plenty of platforming and combat. While it may not have received great reviews when it launched all those years ago, playing it with a better frame rate and resolution should help matters. As with any such leak, take it with a grain of salt until the games are officially announced. I personally will be surprised if they aren't revealed today because they're showing up on the Microsoft Store.

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