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The end of back compat updates may be nigh

Kotaku spoke to Xbox 360 group marketing manager Albert Penello this week at CES and uncovered some unfortunate news regarding backwards compatible Xbox games on the Xbox 360. In short, Penello said that Microsoft is more or less done with releasing back compat updates. Penello told Kotaku "I don't know if we have plans to do any more releases," adding, "It feels like we kind of hit the point of diminishing returns there." He further noted that he felt that the best titles for the Xbox had essentially been "crossed off" and that exceptions are inevitable. Finally, Penello said that Xbox titles that have yet to make the list would require individual attention. As you may have guessed, it looks like Microsoft isn't planning to devote such attention to each of the hundreds of titles that haven't made it.

The question we have to ask is, will any of these titles eventually find their way onto Xbox Originals?

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1-10-2008 @ 12:49PM

Tony said...

I would figure they'd just concentrate on the specific ones people still ask about. I still want Rallisport Challenge 2...

They have said things like this in the past. I remember some interview where they claimed this was basically going to be slowing down, but there have been 2 to 3 updates since then. So who knows.

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Jack the Ripper2

1-10-2008 @ 12:53PM

Jack the Ripper said...

Is the third Prince of Persia game backwards compatible? I'd traded in my X-Box for a 360 before I'd realized that was out.

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1-10-2008 @ 12:55PM

VOS said...

Just put on NFS: Hot Pursuit 2 real quick like and I'll be happy.

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1-10-2008 @ 12:56PM

AnOffday said...

They said the exact same thing about a year ago.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:00PM

mike said...

xbox originals are mearly emulated xbox games. If they can get those working, then they already got it working for backwards compatible. I would hate to see them take the time to make it an XBO and then not add it to the backwards compatible list.

BTW are old games stillg etting added to your gamercard as 0 points? I havent played any of my old games, dont want to ruin my card. Well that and I have enough 360 games Im still playing.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:18PM

xenocidic said...

Yes. I play my BC games on a silver gamertag. Since there's no guide functionality when emulating anyway, there's zero reason to play it on your gold account. (unless you want to gum up your gamercard with 0 gs games)

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dan stabbingworth7

1-10-2008 @ 1:27PM

dan stabbingworth said...

Is this something that just started happening? I used to play BC games all the time and I don't see any of them on my gamercard.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:28PM

xenocidic said...

circa dec 4 2007 (fall update)

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1-10-2008 @ 1:37PM

flameofdoom666 said...

It is 0 of 0. Who gifts a damn.

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dan stabbingworth10

1-10-2008 @ 1:42PM

dan stabbingworth said...

That makes sense; I haven't played a non-360 game in a while.

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dan stabbingworth11

1-10-2008 @ 1:42PM

dan stabbingworth said...

That makes sense; I haven't played a non-360 game in a while.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:47PM

xenocidic said...


i "gift" a damn. it's ugly on my gamercard.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:31PM

Hannard said...

How about fixing the games that are wonky? Like Silent Hill 2 which only works with the US copy of the game, despite it being listed on all BC lists. Or the bugs that plague a wide variety of other games on the list.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:36PM

PlayaCDubb said...

figured they would probably stop when they announced xbox originals. Sorry but I aint paying for a game again that I already own so I can play it on my 360.

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Chris McDannold15

1-10-2008 @ 3:32PM

Chris McDannold said...

This is my issue as well. I have no problem stopping the BC initiative, but if they release a XB original, then the actual game disc should allow you to play it for free.

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1-10-2008 @ 5:20PM

Whingnut said...


But until the fix the DRM crap I'm not buying anything. Been almost 4 months since I exchanged my RRoD box for a new one and I still don't have access to all of my downloaded content because the licenses are attached to the old console and Live's been wonky for the past month. So until I know they'll be able to transfer licenses easily if I have another box fail, I'm not buying anything.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:37PM

itsburnsie said...

Honestly, with the 360's game library as robust as it is now... I'm really ok with this.

I find it hard to take time away from new games that I'm neglecting now to play games that I've neglected in the past anyway.

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1-10-2008 @ 1:44PM

marklar said...


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1-10-2008 @ 1:43PM

Phil said...

i wanted true crime streets of NYC

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1-10-2008 @ 2:00PM

ryan said...

i went through my old collection of XBOX games:

Beyond Good and Evil
Otogi 1 and 2
Xmen Legends 1 and 2
Dues Ex: Invisible War

None of these work. I was hoping to play Otogi 2 again, fun beat em up. and I frickin sold my original XBOX for a 360!

this is M$ bull$#!t!

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