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Microsoft hints at possibility of backward compatibility for original Xbox games on Xbox One

Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed that its new backward compatibility feature will launch for all owners of the Xbox One in November. Currently available to those in the Preview program, the feature allows Xbox One owners to play older Xbox 360 games on their console, and over 100 titles will be supported at launch.

But Microsoft has revealed that it's been considering the possibility of extending that compatibility further - although it probably won't happen any time soon.

As IGN reports, Xbox chief Phil Spencer responded to an enquiry on Twitter yesterday, in which a gamer asked him how much effort it would be for Microsoft to offer backward compatibility support for games created for the original Xbox, which launched in 2001.

While the gamer said he knew his question might sound a bit 'silly', Spencer said it was a valid enquiry - and in fact, he added that it's one he asks the backwards compatibility team "a lot". It seems that Spencer is as keen to get support for first-gen Xbox games on the Xbox One as some of the consoles' owners are - and that surely bodes well for the chances of this feature being made available in the future.

But Spencer also made it clear that Microsoft still has work to do on enabling compatibility for Xbox 360 games first. Given that the feature hasn't officially launched beyond the Preview testing group yet, it will probably be quite a while before the company extends that support to games designed for the original Xbox.

Source: @XboxP3 via IGN

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