Microsoft is bringing original Xbox games to the Xbox One soon. Because of that, you can finally play Xbox games on Xbox One, Xbox One S and the Xbox One X. Here’s how to play original Xbox games on Xbox One and everything that you need to know about the update to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program.
The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program began as a way to get games made for the Xbox 360 on the Xbox One. Today, you can buy hundreds of Xbox 360 games and play them on your Xbox One. If you already own a digital copy of the game, the game appears in your library automatically. You can insert your original game disc to unlock them too.
That is exactly how playing original Xbox games on the Xbox One works.
When You Can Play Original Xbox Games on Xbox One
Microsoft announced it was adding original Xbox games to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program at E3 2017. However, the update to the program doesn’t arrive for everyone until October 24th. That’s when you can begin loading your original Xbox games on your system.
What Features Are in Original Xbox Games on Xbox One
Most original Xbox games added to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility work the same as they did the day they were released. Each game has the story mode that gamers played with the original title. If there was a glitch that worked in the original version, Microsoft’s teams have left that glitch intact.
Multiplayer games do have one big change. You can’t use Xbox Live Gold to play original Xbox games with people over the internet. You must use the game’s System Link feature to play with other people instead. System link allows you to pair two Xbox One consoles together to create your own mini multiplayer network without internet access.
Original Xbox games should work the same as any other title on Xbox One. The new game saves that you create for your original Xbox games will sync between consoles when you sign in. You can capture screenshots and share video clips from them too.
How to Play Original Xbox Games on Xbox One on Disc
Playing your original Xbox games on Xbox One is simple when you have a disc. Take the game out of its case and insert it into the Blu-Ray drive on your Xbox One, Xbox One S or Xbox One X. If it’s available in the program and you’re connected to Xbox Live, your console will download a digital version of the game for you to play. You must insert that disc every time you want to play. The Backwards Compatibility Program doesn’t convert physical games to digital games that you can play without a disc.
How to Get Original Xbox Games to Play on Xbox One
If you don’t have any original Xbox games to play on Xbox One, explore GameStop, eBay and Amazon. Each of these sites sells games for the original Xbox. You can also purchase digital copies of original Xbox games from the Microsoft Store app on your console beginning October 24th.
What Original Xbox Games Can You Play on Xbox One
Unfortunately, Xbox One Backwards Compatibility doesn’t apply to every original Xbox game. Like with Xbox 360 games, titles must past Microsoft’s testing and the company needs deals in place with the game’s publisher to offer them for sale again.
There are 13 original Xbox games you can play on Xbox One today.
- BloodRayne 2
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Dead to Rights
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction 2
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- The King of Fighters Neowave
Again, all these games join the existing Xbox One Backwards Compatibility line-up. It already includes hundreds of games and Microsoft is always adding more. Even if an original Xbox game you want isn’t in the program today, the company could add it in the future.