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Original Xbox games on Xbox One? “Nothing’s impossible,” says Microsoft

by Ron Duwell | November 25, 2015November 25, 2015 8:30 am PDT

Panzer Dragoon Orta

Everyone is psyched to be playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One through pure and beautiful backwards compatibility. It’s like 2009 all over again, waiting desperately to see if your favorite game from the previous generation is going to make the cut or if you will wallow in heartbreak until the next update.

I mean, we already went through this whole process once with the original Xbox library. Why not go through it again?! With renewed interest in backwards compatibility, fans are now eagerly pestering Microsoft to make the first Xbox’s library playable on the Xbox One. What does Xbox Partner Director of Program Management Mike Ybarra say about it?

A very non-committal “nothing’s impossible.”

“We’re not looking at original Xbox games on Xbox One yet. Right now the focus is making more Xbox 360 games work. [It would be] certainly very challenging. Getting Xbox 360 games to work was incredibly challenging and really a multi-year engineering investment. Going all the way back to the original certainly would challenge the team.

Nothing’s impossible. I’m sure they would love that one as an opportunity to go look at.”

Of course, there is always “asking for backwards compatibility” and actually “playing the games with backwards compatibility.” How many original Xbox games would you go back and play these days? If I’m being honest with myself, there is the original Halo: Combat Evolved, which is still my favorite in the series for campaign and co-op, and some of SEGA’s games, like Gunvalkyrie, Otogi, and its masterpiece rail-shooter Panzer Dragon Orta.

Oof! What a great game! If ever there was something in SEGA’s backlog that needed an HD overhaul… this is it.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...