The Orange Box, other Valve backward compatible titles now Xbox One X enhanced
Now you can jump into enhanced versions of several titles from Valve's lineup of modern classics.
Microsoft is trudging forward with its goal of breathing new life into classic Xbox 360 titles by enhancing them on Xbox One X consoles. The latest batch of games to get the "enhanced" treatment includes four entries from Valve, ranging from Half-Life 2 to Portal and Left 4 Dead.
Here's the lineup of backward compatible titles that have picked up Xbox One X enhancements today:
- The Orange Box (opens in new tab) - $20
- Portal: Still Alive (opens in new tab) - $15
- Left 4 Dead (opens in new tab) - $20
- Left 4 Dead 2 (opens in new tab) - $20
The addition of these four titles brings the total list of Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox 360 games to 21. Each runs at a higher resolution than they originally launched with, increasing the pixel count ninefold for a much sharper picture. All of this is done through the Xbox 360 emulator on the Xbox One X without messing with the original game code.
Left 4 Dead and its sequel are some of my favorites, so it'll be cool to see them scaled to push more pixels on Xbox One X. But it's The Orange Box – which includes Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal – which is the real gem here.
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The Orange Box ?! half life 3 conf…. ohh portal, nice, going to play that again.
That's surprising considering they barely ran at 1080p/30fps when they were launched.
stop supporting this monstrosity. Valve just doesnt give a **** about making new games anymore. revamp after revamp. next xbox you will see another remake of this. they know theyre making enough money off Steam so now they don't care about making any.
What if people WANT to keep buying and playing these? It does suck that they don't make many games anymore, but I don't think that justifies a boycott of a great collection like the Orange Box.
Half Life 2 & Left 4 Dead are 2 of my favorites.
Absolutely adore L4D
I am SOOO glad I kept all my old Xbox games.
Am I the only one waiting for F.E.A.R. franchise to make it's way to the backwards compatibility list? Man! I miss playing FEAR