Four Generations Of Xbox Can Be System-Linked Later This Year

Hey, do you still have your original Xbox? And an Xbox 360? And an Xbox One? And are you planning on buying an Xbox One X? Also, do you have four Ethernet cables and seven friends? Well, guess the hell what.

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge will be one of the first original Xbox games to be playable on Xbox One.

While we found out during Microsoft's press briefing that games for the original 2001 Xbox are coming to Xbox One via backward compatibility, it had another fun nugget of information to share later that day: You'll be able to link up any Xbox in any combination to play system-link multiplayer games, Microsoft marketing lead Albert Penello told Kotaku on Sunday.

"You can take an OG, a 360, a One and an X; system link them together with four discs; and play LAN parties," he said.

And if you want the true OG Xbox experience even on the Xbox One, there will be a replica of the original "Duke" controller on shelves this holiday season.

Microsoft has only confirmed one Xbox title coming to Xbox One: 2003's Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. The original version of that game allowed you to play eight-player dogfights across four consoles.

"Who's going to do that? Very few people. It's just rad," Penello said.


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    Will it be via Xbox One Backwards Compatilibity (which isn't a mode per se and I still firmly believe they should be sued to oblivion for this bullshit), or via emulator/whatever like 360 did it?

      Why should the be sued?

        Because it's not 'Backwards Compatibility'. It's 'We Will Allow You To DOWNLOAD An Xbone Copy Of Your Original 360 Game Disc, But Only About 8% Of The Total Catalogue".

        Remember when Apple got sued for saying iPad had 4G, however only a couple bands worked in AU? Like holy shit this thing MS is putting is that x1000000000000000.

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          but why would it make a difference? backwards compatibility means just that, it will be backwards compatible, but that doesnt immediately imply every title?

          i just wish they'd do a re-release of Kung Fu Chaos.

            It implies a lot more than 8%.

            If you say something does something, like this juicer also peels apples, you expect it to peel most apples out there, not just a few of a particular shape of one variety.

          but why would it make a difference? backwards compatibility means just that, it will be backwards compatible, but that doesnt immediately imply every title?

          i just wish they'd do a re-release of Kung Fu Chaos.

          Where the hell are you getting 8% from? It's more like 30% at this point... Also do you realise 360 was a different architecture to Xbox One?

          Also you aren't downloading an xbox one copy of the game, you're downloading the original 360 game and the required virtual machine/wrapper which includes the 360 os to run the game... These aren't recompiled executables that run natively on the Xbox One which is how your wording makes it sound (see, even your own wording can be taken in a way that it may not be meant - maybe someone should sue you?)

          The effort they've put in for this stuff is great (and free I might add), it's a hell of a lot more and better than what Sony is doing... Meaning absolutely nothing...

          Get that stick out your arse stickman, let people enjoy the efforts being put in to bring as many games as possible to a platform that was never meant to run any of this stuff!

            You're right, it's more like 30% today, good stuff. It was 8% a year ago, maybe 5% at launch. 30% is still laughable and not 'majority', hence unsure how it can be within legal limits to be called backwards compatibility. Notice how they capitalise Backwards Compatibility? Yeah, that's lawyer advice for "use this to not get sued".

            Yes you're correct in the Xbone download being game + wrapper/VM. Which begs the question: where's the 360 VM allowing boot into 360 mode to play all 360 games natively via emulator??

            I have no stick in my ass, I am realistic - 30% (let alone EIGHT %)does not backwards compatibility make.

              Licensing and legalities... That's pretty much the reason... Plus maybe they do some testing and tweaking to make sure each game runs well?

              I have no doubt they're trying to get as many games on their as possible, and now we're going to get original Xbox which is awesome, but once again... Licensing and legalities will be a factor with what games are available I'm sure. It's the world we live in, ain't it great?

    Playing catch up with Nintendo again.
    And the X is the same gen as Xbox One.

      Helps that the Switch is a glorified 1st gen Gameboy under the hood.

      How so? Microsoft's giving you a two deep console compatibility (and probably more importantly, doing it for all of their consoles unlike Nintendo which)

      Couldn't play gamecube on Wii U
      Can't play Gameboy Advance on DSi.

      Only one I'll give you is 3DS playing DS. Each other one is only backward compatible 1 generation.

    Hey, do you still have your original Xbox? And an Xbox 360? And an Xbox One? And are you planning on buying an Xbox One X? Also, do you have four Ethernet cables and seven friends?

    Talk about targeting a niche market :P

      I'm still dirty that they stopped using system link and forced you to go via Live even if you had consoles in the same room.
      Started with Forza and then moved to other games, total dick money grab by MS.

    I would rather them make new FASA games and like Minecraft bring it to other systems from cross play (not 360 Shadowrun cross play).

      Its not anyone taking actual time to do this - its just an unexpected side effect \ bonus of how Microsoft is bringing that compatibility to X1.

    Oh fuck yeah that means we can totally LAN play the Halo title for the Xbox One generation now!!

    ...Right?

    I remember trying this back when the XB360 came out with Halo and half a dozen consoles.

    It worked but buggy as hell due to the performance differences in the consoles, if the XB360 was the host anyone using the XB systems had very stuttery play as if it was skipping frames just to keep up with the XB360 and an equally strange effect with the XB as the host for the XB360.
    Perfect excuse to convince all my friends at the time to upgrade ;)

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