the original Xbox lost connection with Xbox Livein 2010. Since then, anyone lucky enough to still have a working Xbox OG couldn’t play their games online. That’s fine if you just want to play in the first Halo game, but what if you want to smoke some jerks in MechAssault or Unreal Championship? You were just unlucky.
So far. Xbox Live is returning to the Xbox OG thanks to a fan project called Insignia. As reported by Game radarsInsignia essentially replaces old Xbox Live servers with fan-run ones, allowing players to connect with their Xbox consoles or emulators like Xemu.
Insignia has been in development for a while, but is now gearing up for a closed beta test with invites to go out on November 15. Expect a setup wizard tool to be sent shortly before the first wave of invites. Sign up for the beta on the Insignia site here.
Not all OG Xbox games get their Xbox Live functionality back at the same time. The initial slate of launch titles contains classic Xbox games like Dead or Alive Ultimate, Conker: Live and Reloaded, MechAssault, and Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge, with more to be added later.
Here is the full list of Insignia launch titles:
- Call of Duty: Finest Hour
- Conker: Live and Reloaded
- Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge
- Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix
- Ultimate dead or alive
- Downtown madness 3
- MotoGP: online demo
- Phantasy Star Online Episodes I and II
- Star Wars: Jedi Academy
- Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
- Tetris Worlds online
- Unreal Championship
- Xbox Live Arcade
Those wondering where Halo 2 is will be disappointed to learn that the game requires more than just Xbox Live to run. Insignia developers plan to make it functional at a later date. In the meantime, enjoy dogfighting again in Crimson Skies next month.