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360 Back-Compat Updated Again

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the i-thought-they-weren't-doing-this dept.

XBox (Games) 36

Despite news many months ago that they weren't going to be doing much in the way of updating anymore, there's a new raft of old games that you'll be able to play on your Xbox 360. Some of the highlights include: "JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, Project Gotham Racing 2, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams"

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Oh. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19855235)

^^ See Subject For Insightful Comment To Story

Golf Clap (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19855239)

So two years after Microsoft botched the whole Xbox BC thing they are putting out a token handful of games? Golf clap Microsoft. Here's some advice Microsoft, how about getting games you claim already 'work' to actually 'work'! After the dead consoles, Halo 3 looking mediocre, and a total yawn at E3, my enthusiasm is rapidly reaching zero for everything Xbox.

Re:Golf Clap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19855297)

Sorry people, I didn't mean to troll. I'm just really upset that sony can't get their act together. It's no surprise the 360 has been outselling the PS3, come to think of it.

Re:Golf Clap (0, Offtopic)

toleraen (831634) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855403)

wait, responding to your own troll with another troll? Brilliant! Next time move a little faster so you can get the coveted "frosty piss!" too. That's at least 42 points alone!

Re:Golf Clap (1)

Icarus1919 (802533) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855599)

Please Don't Feed The Trolls.

Re:Golf Clap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19857995)

You're a NIGGER!

DOAXV? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19855293)

This update sucks: still no support for Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball.

This game may suck as a "real" volleyball game, but it's fun and easy to play and it's great to watch. The casino isn't half-bad either.

In any case, it's an excellent 3D "slideshow" to impress people. And when I say people, I mean guys.

Too bad DOAXV2 has so much "loading" crap. The damn console has a fuckin' hard drive, install the damn game on it!

Fuckin' A (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19855319)

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Maximum teh wins times infinity. Thanks Microsoft.

Re:Fuckin' A (2, Informative)

grapeape (137008) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855963)

Yep and Game of the Year edition works too :)

Re:Fuckin' A (1)

jac_at_nac (996340) | more than 7 years ago | (#19861215)

I know...I've had this game for awhile now after jumping the gun and buying for my 360 almost a year ago. I was pissed as a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest I went and bought the PC version. Now its all good.

It's been a while since we heard the following: (0, Redundant)

feedmetrolls (1108119) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855365)

Can you imagine a Beowulf cluster of these?

[sigh] I feel better now.

Y'see, this is why... (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855371)

...we get people in our shop asking for emulators...

Still some glitches (2, Interesting)

hibiki_r (649814) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855501)

You might want to know that there's still some glitches in a few of those games. In JSRF, for example, the name of the areas in the map flickers a lot for me. There are also obvious framerate drops while doing quick turning, which didn't happen in an actual xbox.

The game is still playable, but it's not quite the same thing as it is on the original hardware.

Re:Still some glitches (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19855763)

Isn't that what Xbox fans have come to expect from Microsoft?

Crappy backwards compatibility.
Crappy consoles.
Crappy graphics.
Crappy online play.

This update sounds par for the 360 course for Microsoft.

Re:Still some glitches (1)

kisrael (134664) | more than 7 years ago | (#19859139)

I wonder if they made it so JSRF worked from the dual disk w/ Sega GT...
so these are glitches after the new update? I got a JSRF standalone disk after the first one,
the framerate problems (esp. in that stage w/ the big twisted dragon tower) were very serious.

SH2 (1)

irby0 (886254) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855551)

All I can say is it's about time Silent Hill is BC. I can't wait to pick it up.

Re:SH2 (1)

bakura121 (1117149) | more than 7 years ago | (#19856505)

I've been itching to play Silent Hill 2 again. I had actually tossed it in the 360 last weekend hoping to play, but was sad to see it was not supported. Now I can play!

yes! (1)

NevermindPhreak (568683) | more than 7 years ago | (#19855859)

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2! i might finally get an Xbox 360.

Re:yes! (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 7 years ago | (#19863687)

Heh, I have that for my Dreamcast...

Nostalgia prevails? (-1, Offtopic)

DJ_Maiko (1044980) | more than 7 years ago | (#19856099)

Sure, it's cool to go back in time & play games you loved like Donkey Kong, Shinobi, Double Dragon, etc...for like 10 MINUTES!!! But c'mon, the whole point of paying $300 for a console is to play some of the great next-gen games w/all the shiny graphics. If I wanted to play older games, I'd just get an emulator. It's just a marketing ploy by Micro$oft so they can say "look at us & all the games you can play through xbox live." But hey, it's not my buck.

Re:Nostalgia prevails? (2, Insightful)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 7 years ago | (#19856297)

It's just a marketing ploy by Micro$oft so they can say "look at us & all the games you can play through xbox live."

When you're done talking out of your ass, you might take a second and re-read (or just plain read) TFS.

These are backwards-compatibility updates. They allow you to play original Xbox games on the 360. So no, it's not a marketing ploy, it's called customer satisfaction. They make no money by providing these updates, they do it for gamers who own Xbox games and still want to play them.

I can understand not RTFA, but for frak's sake - RTFS!

Re:Nostalgia prevails? (1)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 7 years ago | (#19858065)

There are perfectly good games on the xbox that wouldn't output in 720p or 1080i. I'd like to play them on the 360 rendered at higher res for improved clarity.

Morrowind! (1)

Travoltus (110240) | more than 7 years ago | (#19856159)

Can I hear an "Oh h to the e to the double hockey sticks YEAH BOY!" from the RPGers out there?

Re:Morrowind! (1)

EveryNickIsTaken (1054794) | more than 7 years ago | (#19858397)

Ah yes indeed. Too bad I can't copy over my saved games :-(

Re:Morrowind! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19859809)

Well you can always finish the game in 8 minutes [] and save at the end :)

Re:Morrowind! (2, Insightful)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 7 years ago | (#19862345)

WooT! I never actually finished Morrowind, and I was severely disappointed by Oblivion's auto-scaling system. I think I'm going to go back and enjoy the game - now in glorious HD with full-screen anti-aliasing. This is one of several games I was really hoping they'd eventually get working. I'm glad to see my patience was rewarded.

Re:Morrowind! (1)

Cowardly Anonymity (1104529) | more than 7 years ago | (#19872755)

Hmmm...maybe it's just my luck, or maybe it's my compulsive must-get-everything-done-and-pwnzors-everything-in -RPG syndrome, but I've found Oblivion to be quite satisfactory in terms of monster auto-scale (weapon enchantments = good). I think it was kind of a daring move by Bethseda, departing from the usual standard of RPGs being area-based with the "newbie areas" to the "super-hard bosses areas." And, looking at their goals to be "realistic" you would expect to be fighting some things that are slightly difficult and some that are relatively easy in a fantasy-type world. It's not like at level 20 you stop finding rats and wolves out in the wild.

But I agree. Porting Morrowind to the 360 is a great idea. Morrowind was *almost* Bethseda's claim to fame, and it's great to be able to play a classic on a newer system.

Did they update (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19856199)

the don't-die-every-2-months compat?

Full List (4, Informative)

Dubpal (860472) | more than 7 years ago | (#19857163)

A list of all Xbox games playable on the 360 can be found here [] .

Re:Full List (2, Interesting)

donaldm (919619) | more than 7 years ago | (#19858147)

I counted 383 out of approx 1000 games [] that is approx 38% backwards compatibility and it only took approx two years to get there, well done Microsoft.

Re:Full List (2, Informative)

Lusa (153265) | more than 7 years ago | (#19859387)

This link [] has far more detailed information including glitches and which games will work in different regions and whether they support PAL 60Hz. The latter is a deciding factor if, like me, you live in a PAL region and use the VGA cable. Microsoft seems reluctant to provide that information themselves.

Wait, what? (3, Interesting)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 7 years ago | (#19859007)

"Despite news many months ago that they weren't going to be doing much in the way of updating anymore,"

Nice link there, Zonk.

Seriously, I've been here for "many months" and I don't recall seeing anything saying "no moar back compat!" If anything, I've seen Microsoft insisting the opposite, and I also remember people being surprised that Microsoft was still working on it when their last update came out a few months ago.

So I have to ask: where are you getting your information?

Re:Wait, what? (2, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 7 years ago | (#19859383)

Where Zonk gets most of his information: a waterbong. He sees things in the clouds of smoke that elude us mere mortals.

Re:Wait, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19860037)

umm. he's right. MS DID in fact say they'd be looking to stop worrying about bc altogether a few months back.

Re:Wait, what? (1)

Khaed (544779) | more than 7 years ago | (#19860721)

Which brings us to the entire point of the GP:


Re:Wait, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19867153)

Same place all the editors on Slashdot get their information -- advertisers or trolls.

Seriously, if it weren't for those two groups, this site would have died long ago, whether they'd like to admit it or not.
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