Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the first wave of original Xbox backward compatibility titles would be making their way to Xbox One on October 24th. Original Xbox backward compatibility is now live for Xbox One owners, giving them the opportunity to revisit some of the most critically-acclaimed games from that console's library.
Headlining the first wave of original Xbox backward compatibility games are heavy hitters like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Ninja Gaiden Black, and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Xbox One owners that still own these classic titles and the other original Xbox backward compatible games will still be able to use their discs. Furthermore, if they owned the digital versions of the games on Xbox 360, those digital licenses will transfer as well.
However, there may be some gamers that have sold their collection of original Xbox games long ago and never bothered to pick up the digital versions on Xbox 360. Luckily for those gamers, Microsoft has made these titles available to purchase from its digital marketplace, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $14.99. See below for a list of all 13 original Xbox games and their price:
- Black - $9.99
- BloodRayne 2 - $9.99
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge - $9.99
- Dead to Rights - $9.99
- Fuzion Frenzy - $9.99
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies - $9.99
- Ninja Gaiden Black - $9.99
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - $9.99
- Psychonauts - $9.99
- Red Faction 2 - $14.99
- Sid Meier’s Pirates! - $9.99
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - $9.99
- The King of Fighters Neowave - $9.99
It's unknown at this point why Red Faction 2 costs about $15 when the other 12 original Xbox BC titles are being sold for $10. However, it does set a precedent for future original Xbox titles costing up to that much. Whether or not some future OG Xbox games will cost even more remains to be seen, but it would be surprising to see anything sold for more than $14.99.
At any rate, this first wave of original Xbox games should keep nostalgia-minded gamers busy for quite some time - which is a good thing, as the second wave isn't due until next year. We have no idea which titles will be included in the second batch of original Xbox backward compatibility games, but we have a few ideas of games we'd like to see come to the service, like Knights of the Old Republic 2, for instance.
Original Xbox backward compatibility is now live on Xbox One.