As much of a pleasant surprise that Xbox 360 backward compatibility was a couple of years ago, Xbox shocked us once again at E3 2017 by announcing a feature many thought would never happen; original Xbox backward compatibility. Playing an original Xbox game on your Xbox One almost seemed like a pipe dream, but it’s about to become reality soon according to Phil Spencer, who said that the team is “really close” when asked about the feature’s status (via GameSpot).
“We’re close, we’re really close,” Spencer said referencing OG backward compatibility at the Brazil Game Show. “I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games [and] where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don’t think we’ve announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners, but we’re still on track. I feel really good. The games look great.”
Spencer also affirmed that original Xbox backward compatibility will arrive before the end of 2017, and teased that there are still details about how it will work on Xbox One X that haven’t been revealed yet. “There’s some stuff we’re going to talk about in that space in terms of how compatibility’s going to work on [Xbox One] X specifically that I think people will find pretty interesting.”
So far, only two games have been confirmed for the program: Crimson Skies and Fuzion Frenzy. The program won’t be as extensive as Xbox 360 backward compatibility and will likely have a much smaller library of games. Still, expect some announcements in the future to see if one of your favorite classics makes its way to Xbox One.