November 12th, 2005
10:41 AM CST -
Microsoft has announced the list of games that would initially be backwards compatible on the Xbox 360 at launch on November 22nd.

The only Mortal Kombat game on that list is Mortal Kombat: Deception, possibly for its large Xbox Live presence and huge sales numbers, which are two of the selected criteria for initially supported games. One would expect Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks to be next followed by Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Hopefully Midway Arcade Treasures titles would be supported soon as well, or we at least get an upgrade for the Xbox 360 with fixes and enhancements through Xbox Live Arcade.

One added benefit for being Xbox 360 backwards compatible is that Microsoft will be upgrading the games to run in High Definition resolutions of 720p and 1080i. Also, the games will feature better anti-aliasing due to the increased power and feature-set of the Xbox 360's custom ATI graphics chip. This will make a huge visual difference in Mortal Kombat: Deception, which already looked really good in 480p.

Bungie, the developers behind the Halo franchise, posted up photos of the difference on the Xbox 360 for both Halo and Halo 2, you can check those changes out here. We hope to have some details of the difference before the Xbox 360 Launch Day, because we'll be getting the system early due to a win in the Mountain Dew Every10Minutes promotion.

Lastly, Microsoft posted a Backwards Compatibility Q&A with Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of the Xbox Product Group, that covers all aspects of the Backwards Compatibility. Including how gamers will be able to upgrade backwards compatibility once new games are supported. How is your backward compatibility solution going to work?

Todd: As you've heard from us before, backward compatibility on Xbox 360 is done through software. Now that we've solved the technical challenge and the emulator is working, we're certifying each original Xbox title by hand to run on Xbox 360.

What I'm really proud to tell you and your readers is that it's easy to get the emulation software, and it's free. We'll give gamers a choice - you can get the latest software updates from Xbox Live, burn a CD from or sign up on for a CD that can be delivered to your home at a nominal shipping and handling fee. Once you get the CD, put it in your Xbox 360 and you're ready to go.

Also be sure that you know, if you purchase the cheaper Xbox 360 "Core System", you will need the Hard Drive upgrade to play backwards compatible Xbox games.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:

November 12th, 2005 1:48 PM CST - Khaos
Hah, so most people that spent money on their XBox titles won't get to play them on XBox 360... And didn't The_Sim win that xbox for you?
November 13th, 2005 6:56 AM CST - Masta-Dante
I for one am not happy with the list of old games that'll be able to be played on a 360. NO DEADLY ALLIANCE! NO SOUL CALIBUR 2? What were they thinking??? It's a black month for fighter fans now
November 15th, 2005 10:40 AM CST - Hydro
well you know overtime they will make XBOX games comp. Its just a slow start
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