Surprising Xbox backwards compatibility announcement at E3

Posted on June 11, 2017 by Tieranie Albright

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Remember that hunky black console, that was fittingly shaped like an X? Had a huge, uncomfortable controller, yet you still loved spending hours with it in your hand playing games like Fable, Halo, and Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball? (Which was totally an awesome game, by the way.) That is the system that started Microsoft’s gaming empire, which was created to compete with Sony and Nintendo, as it still does nearly 16 years later.
While we have been enjoying backwards compatibility on our Xbox One consoles, allowing us to play favorites such as Call of Duty: Black Ops and Red Dead Redemption, the team at Xbox has been paying attention to the amount of players utilizing this function, while simultaneously listening to fans who miss the original titles, as most of us sold off our original Xbox console when the 360 released. Earlier today during the live Xbox press conference at E3 2017, it was announced that backwards compatibility will soon include original Xbox titles.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer did not provide the titles that will be included in the lineup, but he did mention Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge which triggered quite a response from the attending audience. This was a great title back when Xbox was simply the Xbox, and it will be a lot of fun to be able to enjoy all 3 generations of Microsoft’s successful console from all from one system. The 360 backwards compatibility list will continue to grow alongside the original Xbox lineup, so we are all excited to see what we will be able to play in the near future, especially with the amount of titles that have not been remastered for the Xbox One. We are also interested to see if original Xbox games will be added to the twice monthly Games for Gold free downloads that are available to Xbox Live Gold members, as 360 titles have been.

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