Knights Of The Old Republic Looks A Lot Cleaner Now

Knights Of The Old Republic Looks A Lot Cleaner Now

Microsoft has brought a bunch of Xbox original games to the Xbox One consoles, one of which is the excellent Knights of the Old Republic. And if you haven’t played KOTOR on console in a while, good news: it’s looking a lot cleaner.

Overnight, a bunch of Xbox classics finally became available on the Xbox One consoles (and, when it’s out, the Xbox One X). The list includes games like Sid Meier’s Pirates, Bloodrayne 2, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Ninja Gaiden Black.

For brevity, here’s the full list:

BloodRayne 2
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Dead to Rights
Fuzion Frenzy
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
King of Fighters Neowave
Ninja Gaiden Black
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Red Faction II
Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Playing old games in 2017 is easier said than done, however. Not everything holds up well, and while KOTOR does work just fine on modern PCs, consoles, tablets and phones, it’s not everyone’s piece of cake.

That’s especially true of the original Xbox version, which was a lot blockier and muddier than its PC counterpart. Fortunately, Microsoft has cleaned up a good deal of the visuals for KOTOR‘s backward compatibility launch, and it’s a solid improvement.

If you still have the original KOTOR disc, this is what you can expect when you pop the game into your Xbox One/Xbox One S. Alternatively, you can grab the game digitally for $14.95 through Xbox Live.


  • Didn’t it get a high res version recently… i think it was for its iPad release… or am I misremembering that.
    Maybe it was a fan patch…

      • I’ve not played it… but I remember Jeff Gerstman and Brad Shoemacher talking about how good the sound design was in that game.
        I’m excited to get a chance to play it.

        • I will warn you though. Playing it now is different to playing it when it released. When it was released it was wayyyyy ahead of its time and was spectacular. Nowdays going into it the game will seem pretty bad and outdated.

  • I’ve bought this damn game twice – PC and Android – and still haven’t got around to even starting it on either platform. One day…

  • Where’s the love for KOTOR 2? That game never ever received any love, except from the fans.
    So happy to see KOTOR in the spotlight though. Amazing game, amazing series.

    • I don’t think we well ever see a KOTOR 2 ports for any platform. Like you said, the game got a proper mod from fans on Steam to address most of the problems with the original release. The question being, how are you meant to get your hands on this mod to fix up the original and port it to other platforms?

      • On my XboxOne console store (not the xbox website), only six games are in the shop, and unfortunately one of the missing games is KOTOR.

        I actually still have the physical discs for most of these (Crimson Skies for example triggered a download and installed just fine) but the KOTOR disc remains unusable on the XB1 console, and I can’t see KOTOR on the XB1 Store.

        Anyone else?

        • **Update** I now put the KOTOR original disc in the drive and it triggers the install =)
          The game still doesn’t appear on the store but it does install. If you’ve got any disc versions keep trying even if your store doesn’t show them as available. Microsoft must be enabling in waves.

          • KOTOR doesn’t appear on the store through the Xbox but I did see it when I logged on with my computer. I bought it but it hasn’t started downloading. I chatted with Microsoft Support and, according to their tools, the game is available in Aus and should work fine. Must just be a matter of time, like you’re saying.

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