No More Games Coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility as Team Changes Focus

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For the last four years, Xbox One gamers have been treated to a drip-feed of Xbox 360 and original Xbox games being made playable on Xbox One. And for Xbox One X owners, some of them have even been enhanced.

It has now come an end though, with Microsoft shifting its focus away from making legacy games compatible with Xbox One to making all the games currently playable on the console compatible with its next-gen hardware instead.

Microsoft aims to make every single game currently playable on Xbox One, including those playable thanks to backwards compatibility, playable on its next-gen console. And as you can imagine, it’s not a small job. It has also hinted that most games will look and play better on its next-gen console, which currently goes by the codename Project Scarlett.


To go out in style, one huge final batch of games has been made compatible with the Xbox One. Think of it as a swansong. They are:

Original Xbox

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Lliandri Conflict

Xbox 360

  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts Predator
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Video Game of the Movie
  • Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
  • Skate
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syndicate
  • Too Human
  • Unreal Tournament III

The news is bound to come as a blow to those who were wishing more games would become backwards compatible – there are still many classics that are only playable on older consoles. With over 600 games now in the backwards compatibility catalogue, however, there’s a lot to be thankful for. Not only did Microsoft enable Xbox One gamers to play some of the old games they own for free on their current-gen console, but in most cases they were improved in one way or another too.

It should also be noted that Too Human has been made available for free, so if you don’t already own it make sure you get it added to your library. And eight already backwards compatible titles have been given the Xbox One X enhancement treatment. They are:

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Kameo Elements of Power
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Via Pinata
  • Via Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

Whether or not Microsoft will resume its efforts to make select Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles playable on Project Scarlett in the future is uncertain. But we like to think that it will. We’ve still got great games such as Binary Domain and Max Payne 3 that we want to play without having to dig out our old consoles.