When Phil Spencer isn’t managing the Xbox brand, he likes to jump on Twitter and answer questions from gamers. Yesterday, one person asked Spencer if original Xbox backwards compatibility was on the table. And Spencer gave us hope.
@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
Alright Phil, find the damn time.
But let’s take a realistic approach to his comments. The folks at Xbox are busy enough right now. Work still continues on Xbox Scorpio, or whatever they end up calling it. They’re still churning through the massive catalog of Xbox 360 games making each one Backwards Compatible and fixing the ones already released (Halo: Reach runs great after a recent patch).
Getting original Xbox games working on Xbox One is near the bottom of their priorities list right now. Best case scenario? Everything the Xbox team learns getting Xbox 360 games working on Xbox One can be tailored for original Xbox games.
Next E3, Spencer walks on stage to reveal Xbox Scorpio again and says every Xbox game released across all hardware can be played on it (pending publisher approval). Now that would be epic.
Let’s just assume Spencer and company find the time. What original Xbox games would be at the top of your list to come to Xbox One? Here’s a few of mine.
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
This will sit at the top of most people’s lists. And it would be perfect in a day where the flying genre is largely ignored.
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction beat Just Cause to the crazy, open-world destruction party. Watch the hilariously bad trailer below. Damn, trailers have come a long way.
Project Gotham Racing 2
Forza is the premier Xbox racing franchise these days, but PGR will always hold a special place for me.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Yes, it looks vastly better on PC with the help of mods. But I lost countless days venturing across the barren hills of Morrowind.
Damn, I love that main theme.
Which original Xbox games would you like to see come to Xbox One via backward compatibility?