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Xbox Originals an Imperfect Emulator for Xbox 360
Much like Metal Gear Solid’s Snake, these clones have their problems.
By Andrew Joy 11/14/2007 10:38:48 PST

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Evil has many faces...

Only yesterday we informed you that, in addition to its already thriving Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft is intending to launch its own Virtual Console of sorts.  Titled Xbox Originals, this new download service will offer Xbox 1 titles – with games like Crimson Skies, Halo and Psychonauts, among others, mentioned for the initial launch - over the Marketplace for 1200 Microsoft Points (or $15 USD).  As you may recall, at the time we were more than a little miffed at the idea that this money grab may have played a part in Microsoft’s decision to scale back its backwards compatibility efforts on the Xbox 360, but we didn’t know it was only the tip of the iceberg.

According to Microsoft’s own listings, the games suffer a number of problems, from audio and visual flickering to full-on game crashes:

"Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge: There is some minor flickering at the top of the screen that happens very rarely. The “Press A to Continue” message is missing when the host player leaves a multiplayer game. Additional content within the game (such as demos & trailers) are not supported and selecting those options may result in crashing the game (requiring a restart of the console)
 
Fable: There are some random bursts of audio static and some minor texture issues and a short hang up when removing tattoos. Additional content within the game (such as demos & trailers) are not supported and selecting those options may result in crashing the game (requiring a restart of the console)
 
Fuzion Frenzy: There are some minor frame rate issues. Additional content within the game (such as demos & trailers) are not supported and selecting those options may result in crashing the game (requiring a restart of the console)
 
Halo: There are some very mild frame rate drops.
 
Psychonauts: HDMI 720p is not supported for PAL users. Running the game in 720p over HDMI will result in the game locking up for PAL users. If you are using HDMI output, set the resolution to 1080i or 1080p (anything but 720p)"

For now, this list only covers the first titles to hit the service, but we expect, as the list of titles grow, so will the list of bugs.  From what we’ve gathered, many of these are the same issues players will encounter when they are trying to play their Xbox titles on the 360 via BC, only now you are being asked to pay for it.  That’s right, their name might be Microsoft, but they are hard...and now they are ramming it up your ***.

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