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Best Original Xbox Classics On Xbox One Series X/S

Xbox Series S/X consoles have three generations of backwards compatibility. Gamers can choose from several original Xbox classics on the new hardware.

Three console generations of backwards compatibility are a significant selling point for the Xbox Series X/S consoles, and a huge added value early in the generation as new titles are slowly starting to release that make full use of the more powerful hardware. Backward compatibility with select Xbox 360 games was introduced for the Xbox One in 2015, with original Xbox games added in 2017. Though the original Xbox games are several generations old, they display in improved resolutions on the newer consoles. At present, just over 40 of the nearly 1,000 games in the original Xbox library have been added to the backward compatibility list.

The Playstation 4 and Xbox One both originally released with no backward compatibility whatsoever. This was a disappointing reversal from the prior generation, as the Xbox 360 was compatible with more than 450 original Xbox games, and the early model Playstation 3 consoles supported PS1 and PS2 discs, though later PS3 models would only play PS1 discs and select PS2 games purchased through the Playstation Network digital storefront. The later addition of Xbox 360 compatibility to the Xbox One, as well as the subsequent original Xbox game compatibility, gave gamers incentive to support the struggling Xbox One and helped it stand apart from the single-generation compatible PlayStation 4.

Original Xbox games can be purchased digitally for 10 to 15, and sale often see these dip even lower. Several original Xbox games are also included with the Xbox Game Pass service or offered as free titles through Games with Gold. Those who purchased original Xbox games on the Xbox One will find their library carries over to the new generation Xbox Series consoles. Gamers who retained their original Xbox discs can still use those as validation discs to play compatible games without purchasing a separate digital license, although the disc will need to remain in the drive, as with current generation validation discs. Xbox fans are hopeful that more titles will follow, but for now, these are some of the best original Xbox titles that gamers can play on their Xbox One or Series X/S consoles.

Best Backward Compatible Original Xbox RPGs

The original Xbox was not known for having a particularly strong RPG library, although it did include several quality western RPGs that deserve notice. Most of the greats among these are fortunately included in the backwards compatibility list. While all of the Xbox’s backwards compatible RPGs are also available on PC, and often other formats, the low price point, ease of use and access, and improved resolutions, make the Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles arguably the best way to experience these RPG classics.

  • Jade Empire: A prior-generation classic from BioWare, Jade Empire was an action RPG that allowed the developer to branch out from its previous experience with licensed RPG games based on Dungeons Dragons and Star Wars into an original IP. The combination of morality choices and action RPG gameplay would later transition into the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises. The martial arts-oriented gameplay and Asian setting helped Jade Empire remain a fan favorite, a world many hope BioWare will revisit.
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic1 2: Prior to the Mass Effect series, the original Knights of the Old Republic game was BioWare’s first foray into an RPG with science fiction elements. It had previously developed the beloved Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights series of Dungeons Dragons-based computer RPGs, and KOTOR used a modified version of the Neverwinter Nights engine, as well as mechanics from Wizards of the Coast’s Star Wars Roleplaying Game, which was based on third edition DD’s d20 system rules. Obsidian developed the sequel, building on the gameplay and narrative of the first game to tell an arguably stronger story with memorable characters like Kreia.
  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind: Though considerably more rough around the edges than the later sequels Oblivion and Skyim, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind remains a well-regarded classic, and among the first games to showcase an open world RPG as gamers conceive of the genre today. As a first-person, 3D roleplaying game in an expansive setting, Morrowind turned gamers loose to create their own personalized character and lose themselves in a sprawling fantasy world.

Best Backward Compatible Original Xbox Shooters

Where the first Xbox was relatively weak on RPGs, shooters were well represented. The first two games in Microsoft’s iconic Halo series are available in upgraded versions as part of the Master Chief Collection instead of through the backward compatibility program. Though there are some omissions from the Xbox shooter library that will hopefully be included in future updates, like Time Splitters: Future Perfect, among others, shooter fans still have plenty of classics to revisit, and experience in higher resolutions than their original versions.

  • Red Faction 2: The second Red Faction game from Volition, developers of the Saints Row series, continued the science fiction story of guerilla resistance forces battling a militant dystopia on mars, with super soldiers enhanced by nano-machines. Red Faction 2 was a solid shooter with a well-developed story, and multiple endings based on player choices.
  • Black: With Black, developer Criterion Games went from their experience with the racing genre, with Burnout and Need For Speed games, to making one of the more unusual FPS titles of its generation. Black was a fairly reserved shooter in terms of story, eschewing science fiction elements for a FOCUS on a CIA black ops agent operating in Russia. The game instead pushed realism with an accurate, albeit exaggerated, approach to its gunplay, and an emphasis on destructible environments.
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta: Orta was an original Xbox-exclusive rail shooter, and the final game in the Panzer Dragoon series which began on the Sega Saturn. As an arcade-style shooter, players mount a dragon which flies largely along a predetermined track, with gameplay focused on avoiding and annihilating enemies within a limited time frame, much like the early Star Fox games. The Xbox One-exclusive Crimson Dragon was a later spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon, with similar aesthetics and gameplay, but Panzer Dragoon Orta is widely considered to be the better of the two.
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Jedi Academy was the third game in the Jedi Knight series of Star Wars games, which began as an offshoot of Star Wars: Dark Forces, one of the trailblazing first-person shooters which introduced many FPS genre innovations. The Dark Forces and Jedi Knight games were part of the Star Wars expanded universe that focused largely on Kyle Katarn, though Jedi Academy cast players as padawan Jaden Korr in a game that combined first person and third person action.

Other Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility Greats

Outside of shooters and RPGs, there are many worthwhile original Xbox games available on the digital storefront, including platformers, third-person action games, and a lone fighting game. In addition to the games mentioned below, family-friendly classics like Grabbed by the Ghoulies and Blinx the Time Sweeper still hold up reasonably well, and games like Hunter: the Reckoning and Bloodrayne 2 still hold niche appeal, although these have aged more significantly relative to others.

  • Psychonauts: With a sequel on the way this year, many gamers welcome the chance to play the original Psychonauts on current-gen hardware. Though the game is now considered a classic, Psychonauts did not sell well at the time of its original release, so its presence on the Xbox backwards compatibility list gives gamers who missed it a chance to experience this unique gem. Psychonauts was a platforming game with a bizarre sense of gallows humor, and a narrative involving a psychic boy joining a group of psionically gifted spies, combating external threats, as well as the inner demons of friends and enemies alike. It also hold up well today compared to many games of its era.
  • Ninja Gaiden Black: The 2004 Xbox game Ninja Gaiden was a 3D reboot of the NES-era side-scrolling Ninja Gaiden series, and Ninja Gaiden Black incorporated the DLC for Ninja Gaiden along with new enemies and difficulty modes. Ninja Gaiden’s Hero Ryu Hayabusa is also a fighter in Tecmo’s Dead or Alive fighting game series, and the games share the same continuity. Ninja Gaiden was a highly challenging game, well before Demon’s Souls’ 2009 release ushered in the Soulslike subgenre, though the addition of the easier Ninja Dog difficulty made it somewhat more approachable.
  • The King of Fighters: Neowave: As the sole 2D fighting game currently available on the original Xbox backward compatibility list, Neowave is a welcome addition. A solid SNK fighter that was only available on Xbox in the US, Neowave is a King of Fighters game but not part of the story Canon, rather existing as a “dream match” game combining characters from throughout the franchise’s history. Regrettably, SNK’s crossover title, SNK vs Capcom: SVC Chaos, another North American original Xbox exclusive, has not yet been added as a backward compatible title for current-gen Xbox systems.

Gamers looking to play original Xbox games that look better than they ever did have a small number of options relative to the size of the system’s library, but there are enough quality games among those to make the feature worthwhile. Beyond those mentioned above, gamers can experience the first four home console entries in the Splinter Cell series through backward compatibility, explore several other Star Wars games, or play the Xbox version of Sid Meier’s Pirates.

It has been two years since the last batch of original Xbox games were added to the compatibility list in June 2019, leaving gamers unsure as to whether the current list is final, or whether Microsoft intends to expand it at a later time. The current messaging is unclear, as previous statements indicated the FOCUS was on ensuring all currently available backward compatible games would work well with the Series X/S consoles. With the new consoles having been available for more than six months, fans can remain cautiously optimistic that more Xbox games beyond the roughly 40 titles available currently will be added, and that more of the remaining 900 plus original Xbox games will become playable on current-gen hardware.

How to Play Old Xbox Games on Your Xbox Series X

If you have Xbox, Xbox 360, or Xbox One games, they will play on your Xbox Series X. Here’s how to get them working.

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You may be surprised to learn that the Xbox Series X console didn’t have many exclusive games at launch. However, the saving grace is that you can play all of the games featured on previous Xbox consoles, including the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox.

Here is how to get your old Xbox games working on your Xbox Series X.

Will Old Xbox Discs Work on the Xbox Series X?

From the offset, Microsoft made it clear that it would be developing the Xbox Series X to be backward compatible with older Xbox games.

The Xbox Series X boasts a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, so if your Xbox One discs work without any hassle on your Xbox One, they are going to be compatible with the Xbox Series X.

The only exception to this is Kinect games. They rely on motion-sensing technology, which the Xbox Series X doesn’t support.

Playing an older generation Xbox game on the Xbox Series X comes with improved visual performance and faster loading times. This can be is a real blessing for some games.

Will Old Xbox Discs Work on the Xbox Series S?

The short answer is no. Unlike the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Series S doesn’t feature a physical disc drive, so you won’t be able to play your Xbox discs on the Xbox Series S, even from the previous generation, the Xbox One.

If you have a lot of old Xbox game discs that you intend to play, it’s highly recommended you consider the Xbox Series X instead.

However, if you have digital downloads of your games, these will play on Xbox Series S.

How to Transfer Your Old Xbox Games to Your Xbox Series X

There are several ways you can transfer your old Xbox games to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. This includes your save data too, so you won’t have to start your games again. Thank you, Microsoft!

How to Import From Cloud Saves

While the fastest way to play your old Xbox games on Xbox Series X is using the disc drive, you’ll need to import your saves from the Cloud.

Xbox Wire confirmed in a blog post that if you purchase a game on Xbox One then your game library, progression, and saves will move with you to the next generation consoles.

If you’ve already enabled Cloud saves on your previous Xbox, they will automatically sync to any game you install on your new Xbox Series X.

How to Import From External Storage

To transfer your old Xbox games and save files to your Xbox Series X, you’ll need an external hard drive.

  • Go to Settings System Storage on your Xbox One and select the external storage device.
  • Select the data you want to transfer and choose Copy.
  • Once the transfer is complete, you can disconnect your external storage.
  • Power on your Xbox Series X and connect the external storage via the USB ports.
  • Your Xbox Series X should recognize the external drive and ask you what to do with it. If it doesn’t ask, you can navigate to Settings System Storage and select it.
  • Via the Storage menu, select the games and data you want to import to your Xbox Series X and select Copy.

Some games can actually run off the external storage device. So, they won’t need to be copied to your Xbox Series X. Great if you don’t want to transfer them, or don’t have the storage space to do so.

How to Use Data Transfer via Wi-Fi

If you don’t own an external storage device, don’t worry. You can transfer your currently installed games and system data from your Xbox One to Xbox Series X using Wi-Fi.

Both consoles need to be powered on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network for this to work. If your internet connection is slow, the transfer could take some time, or if you’re copying over a lot of games and data in one go.

  • Go to Settings System Backup Transfer on your Xbox One
  • Select Allow network transfer.
  • Power on your Xbox Series X and go to Settings System Backup Transfer
  • Select your Xbox One under Local Consoles.
  • Select the games and save data you want to transfer from your Xbox One to your Xbox Series X.
  • Select Copy to begin the transfer process.

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Where to buy original Xbox games for Xbox One backward compatibility

With original Xbox backward compatibility just around the corner, here’s how to get prepared for its debut on Xbox One.

Following its unveiling as a part of E3 2017, Microsoft has announced that original Xbox backward compatibility is scheduled to hit Xbox One on October 24. Launching with a small, yet curated library, this allows 13 original Xbox games to be played on the console, with improved resolutions, more consistent frame rates and shorter load times.

However, nearly two decades have passed since the launch of the original Xbox and getting ahold of these games can be significantly harder than average Xbox One games. Here’s where to find each of the 13 titles set to launch alongside original Xbox backward compatibility, through major retailers today.

Buying original Xbox games digitally (Microsoft Store)

Leading up to the release of original Xbox backward compatibility, Microsoft has begun posting listings for each of the supported titles on the Microsoft Store. Like Xbox 360 titles, these games are classed as Games on Demand titles and will be digitally distributed similarly to Xbox 360 games on Xbox One consoles. While some of these titles were already available on the Microsoft Store for use with Xbox 360 consoles, Microsoft recently added the remaining titles to offer the complete launch library in digital form.

Each of these games are now available for purchase, starting at 9.99, or an equivalent value in your region. Select titles are also priced at 14.99, however, it’s currently unclear what causes the price increase.

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Dead to Rights
  • Black
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Red Faction II
  • BloodRayne 2
  • The King of Fighters Neowave

Buying original Xbox games physically (on disc)

If you prefer physical game discs, getting started with original Xbox backward compatibility will be a little more difficult. If you already have a game, simply insert the disc and go. However, new buyers will need to search around to secure original Xbox games at a reasonable price point.

With these games no longer in print, buying certain original Xbox titles still sealed comes with a huge asking price. Some second-hand titles are also still worth a fair amount than you’d expect, with many becoming increasingly rare after years off the market. When factoring in the additional appeal from backward compatibility on Xbox One, buying discs simply isn’t recommended for most gamers. Regardless, if you’re looking to purchase these games on Amazon, expect to be looking at between 50 and 100 for new games, with second-hand pricing varying between titles.

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Dead to Rights
  • Black
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Red Faction II
  • BloodRayne 2
  • The King of Fighters Neowave

If you’re looking to grab a bargain, don’t forget to check other retailers near you in the process.

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List of Xbox games compatible with Xbox 360

A list of Xbox games that are compatible with the Xbox 360 stands at the heart of this article. This list has experienced significant fluctuations over time and many of these are noted below. Additionally, the manner in which compatibility is achieved and the software errors associated with it are discussed in brief.

Fluctuations in the list of compatible games over time [ ]

The original list was composed of 213 games and was unveiled on 2005-11-11 on the Xbox website; however, some games have been subsequently removed due to bugs. Check out this announcement

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He-Man: Defender of Grayskull remains on the list despite the fact the game was never released (it had been cancelled by the developer before completion). The Japanese version of the console was initially compatible with only 12 games, while the European version had 156 games.

The last update for Xbox 360 backwards compatibility in North America was 2007-11-27, raising the total number of Xbox games compatible with the Xbox 360 to 478. Approximately 51% of the Xbox library is now compatible with the Xbox 360 (as of the 2007-11-27 update). The latest European update was in November 2007, now with a total of 476 compatible games. The latest update for Japan was released on 2007-11-28, with 122 working games.

These updates can be downloaded automatically from Xbox Live, from Xbox.com (USA), or a disc can be mail-ordered from Microsoft soon. [1]

How compatibility is achieved [ ]

According to Microsoft, each game needs an emulation profile to run. These profiles can be downloaded through the Xbox Live service or from Xbox.com and burned on CD or DVD recordable media. They are also routinely distributed as part of the content on the Official Xbox Magazine monthly discs. The profiles are downloaded as a single bundle, and hence only need to be applied once per update (if doing so offline), or are automatically downloaded the first time a compatible game is inserted.

The Xbox 360 hard disk is required to play the games on this list. The hard disk is used not only to store the emulation software, but also to store saved games, store downloaded content, and to serve as a data cache for titles which utilize disk caching. Since games for the Xbox were designed with the expectation that a hard drive would always be available, most titles rely heavily on the presence of one.

An early version of the emulator for playing Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 offline was included with the Xbox 360 hard drive at launch. Xbox 360 hard drives manufactured later include updated emulation profiles which allow a greater range of titles to be played out of the box without updating. Whenever a new set of emulation profiles is released, drives manufactured after that date automatically include the latest update.

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The Xbox controller is not compatible with the Xbox 360, due to its different connector and its marginally different button layout. Specifically, the white and black buttons are not to be found on the 360 controller, having been replaced by the bumpers found above the left and right triggers. When playing an Xbox game on the Xbox 360 (using an Xbox 360 controller), the white button is mapped to the left bumper and the black button to the right.

List of compatible titles [ ]

In the following chart, any Xbox game with a Yes for its region will work in that region, and only in others which also have Yes (although cross-region compatibility is not guaranteed). Yes in the 60Hz column indicates that the PAL title supports 60Hz output mode, and thus is compatible with the Xbox 360 VGA cable.

A game with Yes in the widescreen column has built-in support for widescreen, and will fill high definition displays. If the widescreen column is No, pillar boxing is used to preserve aspect ratio on high definition displays. Note that all compatible games will stretch to widescreen (potentially distorting the aspect ratio) if the Xbox 360 is configured for standard (480i / 576i) or enhanced definition (480p / 576p).

Any game not on the list at all does not work in any region at present.

Will only run in PAL60/VGA if console is set to 640×480 and normal screen format (widescreen will not work).

When an Xbox game has been emulator patched in accordance to Microsoft instructions it may still refuse to play on the Xbox 360. The following error message displayed on the Xbox 360 dashboard signifies this failure:

This Xbox game is not supported on your Xbox 360 console. An update to support this game may be available. For more info, go to www.Xbox.com/games. X: 2689.0 B: 1884.0

This message is identical to the one displayed when trying to play an unsupported or unpatched game for the first time. At this time no reference to the significance of the X and B variables can be found on the Microsoft Xbox website. This may be related to international region compatibility; a Microsoft disclaimer notes

Currently the North American versions of these games are the only ones supported as backward compatible titles on Xbox 360.

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Note that Microsoft terms the compatibility of Xbox titles on the Xbox 360 consoles as backward compatibility whereas in fact it is the console that is being made backward compatible, and the titles are being made forward compatible.

PAL games that do not support PAL-60 cannot be played using the VGA HD Cable. Microsoft has an article on this here.

Additionally, a number of titles are technically compatible, but still contain emulation errors or References [ ]

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