Microsoft’s E3 2017 Media Briefing was filled with a number of neat announcements. One that really stood out was the reveal of Xbox One backwards-compatibility being extended to support original Xbox titles as well. While the news was definitely exciting for a number of Xbox fans, it was not all positive.
Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, went a little in-depth with the situation surrounding OG Xbox BC during an interview conducted by WayPoint. He admitted that the selection of BC titles from the OG Xbox will be a lot lower than that of the Xbox 360, who’s collection has been growing very regularly since the functionality was added two years ago. So, why can’t it be the same for OG Xbox titles?
According to Spencer, it has to do with securing the rights to these older titles. Because OG Xbox games are almost two decades old, a lot of the companies that developed/published them are now defunct, whereas many Xbox 360 titles were produced by companies that are still active.
Here are some of his comments:
“One of the things, not that people have to care about this, but some of these games are 15 years old and you search for them and the rights are all gone. Like, how do I go and get a THQ game? Seriously, there are these companies and you try and find the developer, you try and find the publisher and they’re just not in business. It’s why we didn’t stand up there and say 100 plus games like we did with the Xbox 360. With 360, just because of time proximity it was a little bit easier for us to do the math.I’ve got a collection of games a lot of them on the list that you mentioned before that are important to me. I was there, games that are meaningful, both in terms of gaming and the Xbox legacy which I want to bring back.”
Spencer hinted that more details about the OG Xbox backwards-compatibility will be released sometime this summer, but he was able to mention now that OG Xbox titles will be enhanced when playing on an Xbox One S or X model:
“We’re actually going to talk a little bit more about that this over the Summer, because we’re seeing some pretty special things there. But just in terms of frame rate, response and even some of the colour depth we have, the original Xbox games will play better on Xbox One X and Xbox One S just the same way 360 games do.”
Are you looking forward to playing original Xbox titles on your current-gen Xbox system?