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Rockstar Classics Making Their Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Debut Next Week

Article By 
Alan Walsh
May 31, 2018
Grand Theft Auto Online

Rockstar Classics Making Their Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Debut Next Week

Article By 
Alan Walsh
May 31, 2018

Rockstar Games has announced that it’s bringing a distinguished trio of fan-favourite Xbox 360 titles to the Xbox One console via Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility program on Thursday, June 7th. These include a revisit to the west coast in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the breakneck high-speed racing offered in Midnight Club: Los Angeles, and the fast and fluid competition of Rockstar Games Presents: Table Tennis.

As for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar Games has confirmed that both the Original Xbox and Xbox 360 versions of the game will be playable on Xbox One. However, saved data from the Original Xbox release will not be transferrable – but owners of that version will get the upgraded Xbox 360 version at no additional cost, which includes higher resolution, enhanced draw distances, and Achievements.

The Original Xbox version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas should also benefit from the 16x pixel output increase applied to all Original Xbox titles on Xbox One Backwards Compatibility. Whilst Rockstar’s official announcement doesn’t mention this, the game should run in native 4K resolution on the Xbox One X and in 1080p on the Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles – if the Original Xbox version is being played.

Meanwhile, both the launch version of Midnight Club: Los Angeles and the Complete Edition will be playable on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility. The Complete Edition release introduced the iconic South Central area along with new vehicles, aftermarket parts, music and races.

Below, you can learn more about all three classic Rockstar Games titles making their way to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility next week.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

After escaping the pressures of life in Los Santos, Carl Johnson returns home after his mom's murder to find his family falling apart, his childhood friends all heading towards disaster, and corrupt neighbourhood cops framing him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.

Purchase a digital copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas today from the Xbox Store for £11.99.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles

Race at breakneck speeds through the streets of Los Angeles in a collection of real-world tuners, muscle cars, exotics and superbikes. Customize your vehicle with the best after-market performance parts and custom kits.

Purchase a digital copy of Midnight Club: Los Angeles today from the Xbox Store for £11.99 and also find its accompanying downloadable content listed, including the free South Central map expansion.

Rockstar Games Presents: Table Tennis

Experience the unmatched intensity of real-world competitive table tennis with an authentic physics engine and intuitive gameplay that mimics the exhilarating experience found in true international competition. Choose from 11 distinct characters, each with their own style of play, and guide them to ultimate victory by mastering all the shots and techniques, including power shots, heavy spin and precision accuracy.

Purchase a digital copy of Rockstar Games Presents: Table Tennis today from the Xbox Store for £11.99.

Rockstar Classics – All Playable on Xbox One

All three of the above classics from Rockstar Games will be playable on Xbox One from Thursday, June 7th. Digital owners will find these titles in the ‘Ready to Install’ under the ‘My Games & Apps’ menu on their Xbox One console, whilst physical disc owners can simply insert the relevant Xbox 360 or Original Xbox game disc into their Xbox One console to initiate the installation process.

These Rockstar classics are the latest titles from the acclaimed game publisher to come to Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility program on the Xbox One. They join previously-added titles such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption and Bully. Recently, the classic western shooter was enhanced for Xbox One X with an increase in native resolution to 4K from the standard 720p available on the Xbox 360.

Overall, the level of commitment from Rockstar Games for Xbox One Backwards Compatibility has been nothing short of astounding – with a huge catalogue of the publisher’s titles now playable on Microsoft’s Xbox One family of consoles. 

From the 4K-enhanced Red Dead Redemption to the upcoming additions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Midnight Club: Los Angeles, it’s clear that Xbox One has become the best console for experiencing titles from Rockstar Games.

Alan Walsh

Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he delivers the latest in news stories, reviews, and feature articles to the website, as well as videos on his YouTube channel and livestreams over on Mixer.