With the announcement of Project Scarlet and the revelation that the console will retain backwards compatibility for all Xbox systems thanks to Project XCloud, it seems fitting that backwards compatibility for the Xbox One would officially come to a close soon.

Well, today Microsoft made the announcement official, stating that the final collections of titles from the Original Xbox to the Xbox 360 are going online this week as the Backwards Compatible team is moving onto work on projects for compatibility in regards to their next generation console.

The list is an impressive one, to say the least, adding a total of 23 games to Xbox Backwards compatibility, along with 8 games – all rare titles such as Perfect Dark, Viva Pinata and Banjo-Kazooie – getting Xbox One X Enhanced Updates.

For the original Xbox, the entire run of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is now available, along with fan favorites Armed and Dangerous, Unreal Championship 2, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb and Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy. Microsoft will also be releasing the original Xbox downloadable content packs free of charge today to current and future owners of some of these games, plus Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2, and Republic Commando.

For the Xbox 360, a total of fifteen games will be added to the list. Some of the games for the 360 include massive fan favorites such as Asura’s Wrath, Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands, Far Cry Classic and Far Cry Instincts: Predator, and Battlefield 2. Odd choices include Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Enchanted Arms, cult favorite Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and Too Human, which is available for free for all players as a thank you from Microsoft.

Whatever is next for Microsoft, their backwards compatibility campaign would see over 600 games being available to players, from digital downloads to just popping in Xbox 360 compatible disks. All of these games, and more, will be available for Project Scarlett.

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Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.



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