Xbox: Happy Birthday and Happy Backward Compatibility

It seems like yesterday that Microsoft made the leap into the video game console market with the Xbox first generation. Or at least it seems to me, that I still remember leaving one of the stores of a more than popular chain of game stores, with the console and several titles, looking forward to getting home to spend the whole weekend glued to the console enjoying my new console in a healthy way. It was not the day of its launch, nor in the first weeks, but it did not take me long to make the leap (because also, in those days, my sister-in-law worked in that store and was able to give me a good discount).

And today we are on our anniversary, Xbox is 20 years old, according to Microsoft, 19 according to Wikipedia, in a curious divergence in which, because those from Redmond must know their dates quite well, we should give more credibility to their version, so that the figure is round, and today is the twentieth anniversary of the Microsoft console, that generation after generation (although with some setbacks), has evolved more and better, managing to stand up to the almighty Sony with his PlayStation.

The present of Xbox, including the difficulties to be able to get hold of a next-generation console during the remainder of the year, as well as a hypothetical future of resolutions and refresh rates unthinkable today, would not be possible without its past, without the 20 years and the four generations (with evolutions within them) that, to this day, complete their curriculum. And I know this may sound a bit cliché, but the point is that Microsoft also attaches importance And consequently, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his console, he has looked back to his past.

And how has he done it? Then adding more than 70 titles (76 to be exact) Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals to the Backward Compatibility Library, which can be enjoyed on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. This is the full list:

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia +
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney universe
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Elements of Destruction
  • FEAR
  • FEAR 2: Project Origin
  • FEAR 3
  • FEAR Files
  • The First Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Manhunt
  • Max payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Max payne 3
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs. Dc universe
  • MX vs. ATV Alive
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed
  • NIER
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Kaloki X Outpost
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • RAW – Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • River
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • 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
  • Switchball
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time pilot
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Piñata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

The list is, as you can see, huge, and in it we can find quite a few very relevant titles at the time. And there are some specific games that, for more than a nostalgic, could justify getting an original Xbox or an Xbox 360 to be able to enjoy them again. Now, thanks to this unexpected enlargement, recovering them will undoubtedly be much easier.

More information: Official blog

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