Xbox gets more than 70 classic games, including some boosted ones

The covers for Max Payne 3, Timesplitters 2 and Skate 2 in front of a black background.

Picture: Rockstar / EA / Xbox / Kotaku

Today under Microsoft Xbox event 20th anniversary, the company announced it 76 new games are added to the Xbox Backward Compatibility Library, including it all Max Payne franchise, FEAR series, several Star wars games and more. Xbox also announced that some of these classics will support FPS boost and everyone will benefit from Auto HDR.

During today’s event, Peggy Lo, head of compatibility program at Xbox, announced that Microsoft would bring more games to Xbox backward compatibility software. This is a bit of a surprise, for in 2019 Xbox announced that they had no further plans to expand the back compat library. However, it seems that continued community requests for some older games and the big 20-year anniversary celebration helped convince Microsoft to reopen the locks.

Here is the full list of games that you can now play on Xbox One or Xbox Series X / S:

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the galaxy
  • Advent Ascension
  • 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 of 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 Knights Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • The Wakfu Islands
  • Lord of the Rings Lego
  • Human hunting
  • 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
  • REFUSE
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munchs Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: The Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • RAW – Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Traveled up
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • The rock of time
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwdriver!
  • Secret weapons over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob Square Pants Pants 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 PiƱata: Festdyr
  • Warlords

Some games from the list that caught my attention includes all of them Max Payne series, Time splitters and its successor The future is perfect, 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand, Manhunt, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, and Skate 2. Unfortunately, at least right now, you still can not buy 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand via the old Xbox Marketplace. But at least if you get a disc copy, you can now play it on your Xbox Series X.

All of these games support Auto HDR on Xbox Series X / S consoles and resolution boost across all modern Xbox consoles, including Xbox One.

Also announced today, 37 classic Xbox and Xbox 360 games will receive FPS Boost support, including some older back compat titles like all the previous ones Gears of War games on Xbox 360, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Fallout: New Vegas. And interestingly enough, some of these games will support FPS Boost via cloud streaming. As always, Auto HDR and FPS Boost can be turned on or off via the game’s compatibility settings on the Xbox Dashboard. Here is the full list of games that get FPS Boost support.

This huge dump of old games and the continued support from FPS Boost for older titles is another example of how Microsoft continues to run around Sony and Nintendo when it comes to supporting their back catalog of games. While Nintendo continues to make it difficult to revisit classic titles through the above means, the Xbox out here is doing more to keep old games playable years and years after their release. And although of course they could do more, it’s still a good change in terms of how most publishers and gaming companies handle retro games on older platforms.

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