The Xbox One’s considerable backward compatible library continues to grow as the Microsoft has revealed the next wave of Xbox games that will be playable via Xbox One before the end of the month.
It all starts on April 17th when Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Breakdown, Conker: Live & Reloaded, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Hunter: The Reckoning, Jade Empire, Panzer Dragoon Orta, and SSX 3 join the console’s backward compatible roster. On April 26th, those games will be joined by Destroy All Humans!, Full Spectrum Warrior, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, MX Unleashed, Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, and Star Wars Republic Commando.
As always, these games will be enhanced slightly by modern-day consoles. Each of these titles will feature 4x as many pixels on the Xbox One and Xbox One S and up to 16x as many pixels on the Xbox One X. Each of these games will be available via the Xbox store on the dates mentioned above, and you’ll also be able to just insert the original discs into your Xbox console if you so happen to still have them lying around.
Furthermore, Microsoft announced that Red Dead Redemption is getting a 4K upgrade. Fans have already released some footage of the 4K upgrade and the effect is quite striking even if it doesn’t completely alter the visuals of the original game.
Speaking of striking…just look at that list of classic games coming to the Xbox One. In our minds, the star of that lineup is undoubtedly Knights of the Old Republic II. In case you haven’t read our retrospective look at that title – shameless plug – KOTOR II is perhaps the most mature Star Wars story told through a popular medium despite the fact that the game’s story wasn’t completed when it was initially released.
On top of that, you have Morrowind (maybe the best Elder Scrolls world ever), Panzer Dragoon Orta (a true Xbox cult classic), Jade Empire (BioWare’s most underrated RPG), and Hunter: The Reckoning (a brilliant 4-player co-op horror shooter). In other words, you’re going to want to check out quite a few of these games when they start releasing on the 17th.