Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Psychonauts score HD refresh on Xbox One

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It seems what's old is new again as Microsoft is taking the tarnish off 13 of its classic Xbox video games to be enjoyed in sparkling HD on the Xbox One system.

Starting today, October 24, a sweet stash of titles from the heyday of the first Xbox platform will be backward-compatible with Xbox One, pumped up in full 1080p and running with quicker load times and faster frame rates to take advantage of the advanced technology.

Here's the first batch of revamped games:

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Dead to Rights
  • Black
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Red Faction II
  • BloodRayne 2
  • The King of Fighters Neowave

 

Many of these iconic amusements are all-time favorites, especially Bloodrayne 2, Star Wars: KOTOR, Prince of Persia, and Crimson Skies, which is a strikingly beautiful airplane adventure game that should be even more captivating in high definition.

No special equipment is required to play the enhanced versions; just slip the disc in and dive into the gameplay. This goes for digital downloads as well.  The level of detail is these souped-up editions will be immediatley apparent, with a smoother gameplay experience to relive your most epic encounters.

"Forgive the clunky tutorial start," KOTOR lead designer James Ohlen told IGN as they played a game demo. "It's definitely a product of its time."

Which games might be rolled out for the next wave of backward-compatible games will mostly depend on the legality involved, as many of the games' original publishers are no longer in business or the licensing contracts for particular songs have been lost to time, expired, or tied up in estate issues.

So according to Bill Stillwell, Microsoft's Xbox platform chief, the actual technology might be in place to convert more games to HD, but the legal considerations could toss a wet digital blanket on all the fun.

What classic Xbox titles would you love to see shined up for the Xbox One?

(Via IGN)