Xbox Backward Compatibility Debuts on xCloud with 16 Titles for Game Pass Ultimate Users


Xbox backward compatibility has often been touted as one of the main advantages Microsoft was able to build over Sony. Having practically the entire Xbox library at one's disposal, including the games made for the original Xbox, is certainly a feature much appreciated by a lot of gamers.

Starting today, however, Microsoft is extending Xbox backward compatibility for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to xCloud. This means you'll get to play the following sixteen titles on your smartphone or tablet, and the library should grow soon.

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Backward Compatible Games Playable with Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta)

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Fable II
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Jetpac Refuelled (touch controls enabled)
  • Kameo
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Viva Piñata (touch controls enabled)
  • Viva Piñata: TIP (touch controls enabled)

With the list above featuring seven classic Rare games, Microsoft also had Studio Head Craig Duncan explain his excitement for Xbox backward compatibility going to the cloud.

Being able to play your library of games on the device you want is a wonderful promise, be that on console, PC, or on a mobile phone or tablet. I believe it offers real freedom of choice in terms of where you play, but as cloud gaming on mobile grows it’s exciting to think that that might be where someone discovered their first Rare game.

Viva Piñata, its sequel Trouble in Paradise, and Jetpac Refuelled also support touch controls, which Rare helped implement, according to Duncan.

We took the lead from the Cloud Gaming team, as they did the implementation and shared with us to play and test. It’s always tricky, as touch is different than a controller and certain games with fewer inputs do lend themselves better to a touch experience than others. Jetpac Refuelled is a good example of fewer inputs, but if touch is the way you as a player want to play any game, we want to make sure it works as well as it can. Of course, we also welcome feedback from our players.

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