November 13th, 2005, 16:38 PM
Old and Cranky
Xbox 360 backwards compatibility announced
Original article compliments of ARS technica http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20051112-5558.html
At launch, the Xbox 360 is going to have backwards compatibility for a long list of games, provided the Xbox 360 in question sports a hard drive. Additional titles will be added through updates in the future, but at more than 200 titles, the list is already considerably large. But is it sufficient?
Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of the Xbox Product Group, said that all updates will be free, and available online or via snail mail. That said, there are some notable titles missing from the list, including some personal favorites such as Burnout 3, Tony Hawk Pro-Skater 2 & 3, and more recent games such as Burnout Revenge and Doom 3. Holmdahl, however, indicated that more games will be added in the future, partially based on gamers' requests, and that the company was going to work with game developers to make sure that titles developed for the original Xbox in the future will also be compatible. Holmdahl said that the company eventually plans to support the entire catalog for the original Xbox on the Xbox 360.
Should you pack your original Xbox away when the new one arrives? There's at least one incentive besides saving space near your TV. Quite unexpectedly, Microsoft has also announced that older games supported on the Xbox 360 will be upscaled to HD, and will get the console's anti-aliasing tech passed over it.
One of the great things about gaming on Xbox 360 is the satisfaction of knowing that every game will be playable in high definition. We are now proud to reveal that this extends to the original Xbox games as well. Every original Xbox game will be upscaled to 720p and 1080i, and will take advantage of Xbox 360’s anti-aliasing capabilities, delivering a picture that is clearer and crisper than anything available on Xbox.
The Q&A with Holmdahl has another major vibe to it, and that's their attempt to stress that backwards compatibility will not be available for the Core System until users buy the hard drive add-on. Clearly they are worried that Joe Consumer will pick up the Core System only to see Little Baby Joey Consumer burst into tears on Christmas day when he can't play He-Man Defender of Grayskull. (As an aside, I assume you all know that He-Man has a softer side, right?) This holiday season, however, that might not be a problem because if the rumors are true, there are going to be very few Core Systems on shelves.
100 percent backwards compatibility will be a boon for Microsoft, and we expect to see them use it to promote the next-gen console once the mad holiday rush finishes. It may give them a leg up on Sony, too; Sony's Reiko Sakamoto recently said that the PlayStation 3 may not be 100% backwards compatible.
The compatible games list from XBox.com: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/back...ygameslist.htm
November 13th, 2005, 21:04 PM
Thats good, mine is arriving soon