As Riyad mentioned in his piece ‘Generation Next’ yesterday (I’ve got a PC Engine GT too, btw! What a machine that was), the Xbox 360 is just around the corner. Obviously, new games are going to be in high demand, but Microsoft has also made the welcome announcement that ‘more than 200’ existing Xbox games will work on its new machine from launch.
OK, let’s cover the big ones: Halo, Halo 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II, Ninja Gaiden Black and Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas are all on the list so you can breath a collective sigh of relief. To be honest, it was always likely the biggest selling titles would make it onto the list as it is simple marketing sense.
The catch is that all emulation is done through software so you’ll need to purchase the ‘optional’ 20GB hard drive to make them work (convenient that!). The benefits of this extra outlay should be well worth it however, as all Xbox games will upscale to the 360’s 720p and 1080i high definition resolutions. Halo 2 should be a sight for sore eyes…
So how do you get this emulation software? To quote Todd Holmdahl, VP of the Xbox product Group:
For Xbox Live members (either Gold or Silver members), just connect your Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live and insert an original Xbox game. The system will automatically check if you have the latest emulation software, download it to your Xbox 360 console as part of a system update if you don't, reboot, and start loading your original Xbox game.
Those who are not part of our Xbox Live network will be able to download the emulators from Xbox.com, and burn them onto a CD to insert into your Xbox 360 where it will auto-install the emulator. Or you can go to Xbox.com and simply sign up for a CD to be sent to your home for a nominal shipping and handling fee.
Updated software emulators will be released for each title to correct any bugs that raise their pesky heads and titles will be added on an ongoing basis with the company ambitiously hoping to chase titles all the way back to 2001. MS is still looking at ways of getting software to those unfortunate few who can’t get online. For the full skinny check out Microsoft’s official Q & A from the link below.
Just 17 days to go…