Original Xbox Titles for the Current Generation May Be Closer Than You Think
If you’re an Xbox One owner then chances are you’ve already heard about and taken advantage of its backwards compatibility feature which allows gamers to to play 360 titles on this generation of consoles. What you may not know is that it may be possible to use that same technology to play Original Xbox titles, as well. The ability to revisit classic games from the original console is very appealing and has a certain nostalgia factor to it. Due to the Xbox One’s infrastructure being very different from that of its predecessors, Microsoft achieves backwards compatibility by use of an emulator. Recently Microsoft’s Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, was asked via Twitter if we’d ever see backwards compatibility for the original system and his response was encouraging:
@James1o1o We haven't ruled it out but we aren't working on it right now. I'd like to find the time to do it.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 12, 2016
It’s important to point out that this isn’t the first time Spencer and other Microsoft execs have been asked about or commented on backwards compatibility for the original Xbox. In August of last year, Spencer stated that he actually asks the team responsible for this feature frequently about a connection to Microsoft’s first generation console. He also went on to say that at the time that the team needed to focus on 360 compatibility first. Mike Ybarra, head of engineering, also said that “nothing’s impossible” and that they would love to look into it.
It would appear that making backwards compatibility for the original Xbox a reality is of huge interest to some of the bosses over at HQ. The biggest issue may be just finding to time. Is this a move you’d like to see with the program? Would you be interested in the original console’s titles again? Let us know in the comments below!
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