Questions tagged [backwards-compatibility]

Use this tag for compatibility issues with games that will no longer natively run on current generation hardware, like running DOS games on 64-bit Windows systems, configuring compatibility settings for those garbled XP-era Japanese games or looking for legal ways of playing games for the NES. Do not use this tag for questions about identifying old games; these questions are off-topic.

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Legal ways of playing old games that aren't for sale any longer

There are a few old games that I want to play again (mostly Earthbound for the SNES), however I am finding it REALLY hard to get hold of a copy for a good price, as well as the requirement of ...
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How can I play Day of the Tentacle?

I've got a modern PC running Windows 7 x64. How could I go about obtaining, and playing Day of the Tentacle?
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CPU or framerate limiting on older games

There are some older games that seem to eat up as much CPU as you can produce even if only to render frames that they will drop - or perhaps perform some work that I don't consider necessary (since ...
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Why is it so difficult to emulate PS2 games in a PS3?

I know that PS2 games can only be played in a 'fat' PS3 with the right hardware to run it. But why is so difficult to emulate a PS2 game in the PS3 without that hardware? Is the processor, the ...
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Why do people use DOSBox over Virtualbox in a gaming context?

I've noticed that a number of people here use DOSBox for playing older titles on modern PC hardware. I am very familiar with VirtualBox, I use it to virtualize several operating systems. I have also ...
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How to get old 16-bit Windows games to work on 64-bit Windows?

Trying to play some old Windows 95 games on Windows 7 64-bit, I'm getting the following error: The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your ...
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Why did many commodore 64 games require the joystick to be in port #2?

Why did many commodore 64 games require the joystick to be in port #2, despite being single-player games? I remember being annoyed by having to unplug and plug the joystick between games.
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I miss Microsoft Pinball. Is it available for Windows Vista or Windows 7?

Am I the only one who misses Microsoft Pinball? Will the XP version work on Windows Vista or Windows 7?
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Is the Wii U compatible with Gamecube games?

So despite some initial confusion about whether the Wii U was an accessory or a console successor to the Wii, I now understand that it is, in fact, a new console. During its initial presentation, ...
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Playing Old LAN games over internet

There are many old games which had solid LAN gaming systems (like Red Alert 2) and were fun to play with friends. But now that we have internet would it be possible to setup any kind of virtual LAN to ...
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Are all PSN PSP games compatible with PS Vita?

It is well known the PS Vita is not backwards compatible with any UMD-based PSP games, as it uses a different, not compatible storage media. Sony also confirmed that PSP games purchased through PSN's ...
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Game Won't Launch from CD

I ordered American McGee's Alice from eBay and it seemed to read just fine when I put it in my computer. The autoplay menu worked correctly and allowed me to install the game, but when I double-click ...
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How do I get an older Windows 95/98 game to run in Windows 7 64-bit without some colors looking off?

Recently EA released the first few Command and Conquer games for free on their website. I've downloaded and installed the first one for 64-bit (the download for 64-bit versions of Windows can be found ...
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I have this really old game from the DOS era, anyone know how to run it in my modern machine?

I have a copy of Test Drive III: The Passion, but whenever I run it in my Windows XP machine it runs too fast. Is there any way to run this game in a modern computer?
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The disappearance of the joystick

In the Commodore and coin-op days, the joystick was the controller, with occasionally the trackball (for Marble Madness) and the paddle (for pong and similar concepts, e.g. Arkanoid). The use of the ...
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How can I get Sam & Max Hit the Road working on Windows XP?

The kids picked up a copy of Sam & Max Hit the Road, but I can't get it to install. What do I have to do?
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How do you play old Windows games that use Quicktime?

There are a few old Windows games I have that I can't get to work on Vista. The problem is usually Quicktime. For example, there is a game called Bad Day on the Midway, that I just can't get to work ...
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Installing a 16-bit Windows 95 game on 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium

I am trying to install the 16-bit game, "NBA Live 98" on my parents' desktop computer, but I got a message that says, word for word: The version of this file is not compatible with the version of ...
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Do regular Wiimotes work on the Wii-U?

I went all in when the Wii came out and got 4 Wii-motes right away. I do not want to buy new Wii-motes to play party games if I get the Wii-U. I mean it seems silly if everyone just needs the D-pad to ...
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How does PS Vita work with PS1/PSP games?

What do PS1 and/or PSP games look like on the PS Vita? Do they fill the screen? Also since the PSP has only one analog stick, for PSP games like Monster Hunter where they used the PSPs face buttons ...
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Command and Conquer: Generals not launching on Windows 7 64-bit

I've tried a large number of solutions to the problems that 64 bit Windows 7 has with Generals and Zero Hour, to no avail. I've been trawling all over the internet for a fix for my problem. To wit, I'...
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What happened to 'Stars!'? [closed]

'Stars!' was a complex 4X game in the mold of Master of Orion. It was a fantastic game from the mid-90's written by an independent group. It was distributed using the shareware model with the upgrade ...
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Are classic games released on Steam somehow optimized for modern computers?

I'm wondering if classic games (released earlier than say 2000) on Steam are somehow optimized to run on modern OS's and/or hardware? I own one such game, but it always takes some time to set it up ...
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Does the Vita's backwards compatibility with PSP games extend to PS1 games?

Specifically, those purchased legally through the PSN Store. It seems like it should, but I can't find a definitive answer anywhere.
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Do modern Nintendo DS games still work on the original DS?

I'm attracted by the type of games you get on the Nintendo DS. I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, so would be happy to buy a pre-owned original DS, but will it still play modern DS games? ...
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Is the slim PS3 capable of playing PS1 and PS2 games?

I used to have one of the bulky PS3's (recently deceased) and in the future, I am planning on buying a slim PS3 since it has extra data space. Now one thing that I really liked about my old model was ...
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Can I play Star Trek: Birth of the Federation any more?

I had a brief addiction to Star Trek: Birth of the Federation back in the day. I don’t have the CD any more. Is it available anywhere? If so, does it run on Windows XP?
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Playing Ultimate DOOM and DOOM II Coop on Modern Hardware

A friend and I want to work through DOOM I and II on co-op over a coming weekend. What's the best way to do this on modern hardware? We don't want graphical improvements and fancy features (except ...
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What back up options exist for NES cartridges?

My beloved NES cartridges are getting pretty old, and recently some of them have been functioning sporadically. Do you know of other backup alternatives other than RetroZone's PowerPak? It's pretty ...
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Xbox One Games with gold Issue

I'm having an issue with buying the 360 Games with Gold titles on my Xbox One. Whenever I attempt to purchase one (on the Xbox) I'm told I'm unable to make this purchase at Xbox.com, please attempt ...
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Are all Xbox games compatible with Xbox 360?

Are all Xbox games compatible with Xbox 360? For example, I want to play Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Would there be any kind of problem?
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Can I play against or with Xbox 360 players through my Xbox One?

Is it possible to play against and with Xbox 360 players through my Xbox One?
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Playing Diablo 1 on Windows 7

I just found an old copy of Diablo (the first game) in a box and whacked it into my laptop I purchased just yesterday. After the quick install I hit play and found that the screen remained black (...
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How can I run Tiberian Sun on Windows 7?

I downloaded EA's free Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun release, but when I try to run it, it complains of missing or broken DLLs. I tried to run the DLL regfix file, but it errored saying it could ...
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Lara talks at hyperspeed?

I found an old old copy of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. I got it installed and at first it ran super-fast. So I googled and found the advice to turn on Wait For V-Sync. Now the menu and game ...
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Is there any way I can play TradeWars 2002 on modern hardware?

Is there a way to set up a version of this using modern technology, without having to hack up some kind of modem-emulator? Preferably as a multiplayer version, but worst case just to putz with for ...
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Is there a way to hook up my SNES to a modern A/V receiver?

I have an SNES console hooked directly into the back of my TV in the coaxial RF antenna port. However, I would like to be able to switch to-and-from the console with my AV receiver. I currently only ...
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Command and Conquer: Generals Zero-Hour on Windows 8?

I've nearly reached the breaking point with this game. A few more failed startups and my fist will be through my monitor. I've tried everything on the Internet. I've gone through four Google pages ...
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Halo 1 Not Working on Windows 7 x64

I recently installed Halo: Combat Evolved and patched it to version 1.09. When I run it, it plays the logo videos fine but then when it gets to the menu, it plays only the music on a black screen. Is ...
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How do I play the original Dungeon Siege on Windows 7?

I have installed and attempted to play the original Dungeon Siege on my Windows 7 64 bit computer. The game runs, but it is horrible choppy and basically unplayable. Looking around it looks like it ...
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Microsoft Reversi on Windows Vista?

Is it possible to get the old Microsoft Reversi from Windows 2.03 to run on Windows Vista? It's an old classic! It looks like this:
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Is it possible to play Outpost on a modern OS?

I have fond memories of playing Outpost in the windows 95 era, and I pulled out the CD recently and discovered that it will not install on XP and above. I believe the problem is that it utilized DOS ...
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The Simpsons Hit and Run doesn't start on Windows 7

And I really really REALLY want to play this game. I've tried everything available on the first results of Google to no avail. The best advice is to tweak the compatibility settings to Windows XP or ...
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Why does RollerCoaster Tycoon (original) on Windows 7 display a black screen on launch?

I'm currently trying to avoid Windows XP mode since the Windows 7 installation itself is a VM (running on a Mac Mini). Regardless, here's my description of the problem. The game successfully ...
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Adapting game resolution to screen

I have a 1280x1024 screen and some games do not support this resolution. For example, DeusEx support only 1280×960. When it stretches to my screen, fonts gets very hard to read and I don't get the ...
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Are compatible Xbox 360 3D games also 3D on Xbox one?

Xbox One has released the ability to emulate a wide range of Xbox 360 games. Does the Xbox One retain the ability to use the 3D display feature of select Xbox 360 games?
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Where to get help choosing older PC games?

I'd like to get some advice on the quality of games older than say 4 years, because my PC is quite slow by today's standards. Does anyone know some good resources for this?
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The Longest Journey won't run on Windows 7

Upon trying to play The Longest Journey downloaded from GOG.com the intro video isn't shown (I can only hear the sound) and the 3D models during the first scene seem to flicker. I have an NVIDIA ...
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Warhammer 40K PC game not Playing on Windows 8.1

I recently upgraded my computer to a windows 8.1 HP Envy computer, when I tried to run the game after setup and installation it failed with an error message. This applies to DOW1 DOW winter assault ...
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How to make backwards-compatible 360 games see Xbox One storage?

When I e.g. start Mass Effect (a backwards-compatible 360 game) on my Xbox One, it asks me what storage device I want to store saves on, but only gives me the option of using cloud storage. I don't ...