Microsoft wrapped up its latest Inside Xbox episode with some important news about backwards compatibility. First of all, the Xbox team reiterated today that backwards compatibility remains a priority for Microsoft, and you can expect the next-gen Project Scarlett console to support backward compatible games as well.
“We’ve listened closely to community feedback and respect the game libraries you’ve built throughout the last 18 years. That’s why we’re taking our work a step further and announced this week that thousands of games from all four generations will be playable on Project Scarlett,” wrote Jason Ronald, Partner Director of Xbox Platform.
Now that Microsoft is now shifting its focus on Project Scarlett, the Xbox team also announced today that the final OG Xbox and Xbox 360 games that will join the Xbox One backward compatibility list. “After this week, we have no plans to add additional Original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalog on Xbox One, but we’re excited to continue our work on Xbox compatibility across platforms and devices, which remains a top priority,” said Ronald.
Here are the eight last OG Xbox games that will become playable on Xbox One later this week
- Armed and Dangerous
- Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
- Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
- Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict
15 Xbox 360 games will also become backward compatible on Xbox One later this week:
- Asura’s Wrath
- Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
- Enchanted Arms
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
- Far Cry Classic
- Far Cry Instincts Predator
- Infinite Undiscovery
- Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
- Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Too Human
- Unreal Tournament III
"As a final thank you to the community, we are bringing Too Human to the Backward Compatibility catalog and are making it available digitally to everyone for free," the company said today.
Lastly, these four Xbox 360 games from British developer Rare are getting enhanced for the Xbox One X with 4K graphics:
- Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
- Kameo Elements of Power
- Perfect Dark
- Perfect Dark Zero
- Viva Piñata
- Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
It's a bit sad that to see that Microsoft won't be adding more fan-favorite titles to the Xbox One Backward compatibility list. We're thinking about games such as the Max Payne trilogy from Remedy/Rockstar Games, the early Forza Motorsport games, or Mortal Kombat 9. Still, Microsoft deserves credit for its commitment to preserve preserving the art form of video games, and it's great to know that this will continue with the next-gen Xbox console.