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Original Xbox Backward Compatibility is still coming to Xbox One in 2017 says Phil Spencer

The announcement garnered tremendous praise from the audience and the larger gaming community. Since then we haven't heard much about an expected release date, but we do know that it's still coming in 2017. At the Brazil Game Show, GameSpot caught up with Microsoft's head of gaming Phil Spencer who discussed its timeline. During the interview he said:

We're close, we're really close... I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games, where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don't think we've announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners, but we're still on track. I feel really good. The games look great.

Crimson Skies will be among the first titles to hit OG Xbox backwards compatibility.

Crimson Skies will be among the first titles to hit OG Xbox backwards compatibility.

GameStop asked Spencer again whether original Xbox Backward Compatibility would be out in 2017 and he confirmed that it would. This is definitely great news for those wishing to play favorites like Crimson Skies (opens in new tab) and Fusion Frenzy (opens in new tab) this year. Hopefully we'll have a concrete launch date for the feature soon because it's already October and 2017 is coming to a close.

Full list of OG Xbox Backwards Compatible games (so far)

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15 Comments
  • They should make the games with gold 2 XBONE, 1 XB360 and 1 XB game each month after it launches. There are quite a few OG Xbox games that I would love to play, or play again.
  • Or make it 6 games
  • why not 2 XBONE, 2 XB360 and 2 OG XB games with Gold?  And make the 2 OG permanently in your library like they do with 360 games
  • That would be great but it's unlikely. I don't think there will be many original XB games BC...  I don't think MS's goal is just to give it away. They want to sell these old games or maybe rent it with game pass...
  • They really need to bring these emulators to Windows 10. That would be a killer feature.
  • agreed.  And make all the 360 & OG Xbox games available in the Xbox game pass.  This could open up a user base willing to subscribe on the PC side, where you can play the game pass library on your PC and Xbox.
  • no way this is ever going to happen. they only port some games to windows 10. there's no way they would port older games to the pc. later
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  • I still can't believe how this got the loudest cheer at XB's E3 conference. It's a decent feature, but I'd rather have a new Crimson skies than the ability to play my old copy on a new gen console... I can play this right now, All I need to do is pick my copy of the game on XB that is lying there and play it on my console...
  • Because it means the people who have been keeping their xbox games from decades past can actually get some use out of them without having to hunt around for an original xbox and actually get more then a cent for trade-ins for old games lol.
  • Assuming your OG Xbox still works. Many consoles have been having failures with age lately.
  • It prettt much makes the Xbox One live up to its name. It's ONE Xbox for everything, for all Xbox generations.
  • anyone know if theyll have online? i wanna play crimson skies online!!
  • Hey I always wondered why they removed the Black and White buttons and replaced them with the Bumpers, why can't they now make a new version of the controller with the Black and White buttons and the bumpers. That will be awesome!!!! I have a use case for needing it to be that way.
  • I'm a little surprised they didn't release this feature early this time for Insider Preview members to test like last time.
  • Give us GTA 3 and San Andreas