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Over 70 Original Xbox And Xbox 360 Games Are Now Backwards Compatible

by John Carson on Nov 15, 2021 at 12:19 PM

Update 11/15/2021: The newest batch of Backwards Compatible games will also be the last. In the Xbox Wire post detailing these classic additions, Xbox compatibility program lead Peggy Lo wrote about ending the preservation service, stating the newly added 70+ games are the "latest and final addition." She goes on to describe the current hurdles for adding any other games to the back-compat list, saying, "While we continue to stay focused on preserving and enhancing the art form of games, we have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing, legal and technical constraints."

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Microsoft is making its first additions to the Xbox backward compatible lineup since the release of Xbox Series X/S. Over 70 games are newly playable on Xbox One and Series consoles, including 20+ titles from the original Xbox that turns 20 years old today.

Current generation Xbox owners can now enjoy the entire F.E.A.R., Skate, and Max Payne franchises on modern hardware, and several new additions and existing back-compat games are receiving an FPS Boost.

The image above contains all of the newly playable titles from Xbox and Xbox 360, but here are a few standouts from the list:

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Advent Rising
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • Gladius
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Max Payne 3
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
  • NIER
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Risen 
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Pinata: Party Animals

These games and more can be played today whether you own the games physically or digitally. Of the freshly added games, 11 have FPS Boost enabled with F.E.A.R., F.E.A.R. 3, Binary Domain, and NIER pointed out by Microsoft. On top of that 26 more titles already playable will see FPS upgrades, including Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Dragon Age: Origins, Dead Space 2 and 3, Alan Wake, and Sonic Generations. 

Also announced during today's Xbox 20th Anniversary showcase, Halo Infinite multiplayer is available right now, and the first teaser was shown of the Paramount+ Halo series arriving next year


What are you going to boot up first from the newly released backward compatibility list? Let us know in the comments!