Earlier this year at E3 2017, Microsoft announced that games for the original Xbox would eventually be backward compatible on the Xbox One. Currently players can purchase certain Xbox 360 games and play them on Xbox One, but Microsoft said it was looking into expanding that feature to encompass the older console. Unfortunately, since that announcement, we haven't heard much.
GameSpot caught up with Xbox boss Phil Spencer at the Brazil Game Show and asked about the status of Xbox backwards compatibility.
"We're close, we're really close," said Spencer. "I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games [and] where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox, but I don't think we've announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners, but we're still on track. I feel really good. The games look great."
"Some of the games hold up really well; some of them don't," he added. "But the gameplay mechanics and the smile [you got] on your face 15 years ago playing those games, those are things that are still there. I see it, like getting back to playing Crimson Skies, [it's] fantastic, and the game actually looks really good even though it's obviously been around."
Spencer said he was confident that the feature would be available before the end of the year. He also teased that the Xbox One X might have something special when it comes to backwards compatibility.
"There's some stuff we're going to talk about in that space in terms of how compatibility's going to work on [Xbox One] X specifically that I think people will find pretty interesting," he said.
Currently, only Crimson Skies and Fusion Frenzy are announced for the service.
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