Original Xbox games for Xbox One backwards compatibility revealed

Ben Travis
Confirmed: the first six original Xbox games set for backwards compatibility on the Xbox One: Christian Petersen/Getty

Gamers are getting a first look at the classic games they’ll soon be able to replay on the Xbox One.

Microsoft announced an extension to its backwards compatibility programme at E3 this year, confirming that titles from the original 2002 Xbox would soon be playable on the latest console.

Now the first few compatible titles appear to have been confirmed as they’ve turned up on the Xbox online store.

Star Wars fans will be pleased to see that BioWare’s highly-regarded role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is listed, while blockbuster action game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will also be available.


Four other games are currently found on the Xbox store: Red Faction 2, BloodRayne 2, Dead to Rights, and The King of Fighters: Neowave. Each game is listed at $9.99.

A supposed leaked list over the weekend hints that Crimson Skies, Ninja Gaiden Black, Psychonauts, and Grabbed by the Ghoulies could also join the line-up.

The Xbox marketplace lists six original Xbox titles

Once the service launches, Xbox One owners will be able to play Xbox games from the original discs, as well as from digital purchases.

A launch date for the original Xbox backwards compatibility service hasn’t been confirmed, though Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Gamespot it’s “really close”. The service could be launched on November 7 to coincide with the new Xbox One X console, which brings full 4K, HDR gaming into the living room.