“Thousands of Games” to be Backwards Compatible on Xbox Series X at Launch

Original and 360 games to be backwards compatible (Credit: Xbox Game Studios)
Prepare for a lot of games to play with backwards compatibility this holiday season if you get an Xbox Series X (Credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Play “thousands of games” with backward compatibility on Xbox Series X

Whether it is an old game you want to go back to or missed out on, you will have a high chance of having that game on Xbox Series X. Director of program management Jason Ronald wrote on an Xbox Wire post that announces that backward compatible games on Xbox Series X will be in the thousands when it launches this holiday season.

“With more than 100,000 hours of play testing already completed, thousands of games are already playable on Xbox Series X today, from the biggest blockbusters to cult classics and fan favorites,” writes Ronald. “Many of us in Team Xbox play on the Xbox Series X daily as our primary console and switching between generations is seamless. By the time we launch this holiday, the team will have spent well over 200,000 hours ensuring your game library is ready for you to jump in immediately.”

The team at Xbox has been pushing for its players to play anywhere with crossplay between Xbox and PC along with the boundaries of backward compatibility on Xbox One. In 2015 gamers were able to play Xbox 360 games on their Xbox Ones. Today there are hundreds of options to go back and enjoy some sweet 360 nostalgia.

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Older games running on the Xbox Series X will get the consoles full power, meaning you can play older games that will run smoother than it felt at launch. Not only will your Xbox 360 and original Xbox games play better with higher FPS, HDR, and other options will allow for prettier visuals, even games that are pushing 20 years old.

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Other features that Microsoft’s next-gen console has like Quick Resume, where you can put a game on standby and switch to something else instantly, will work on backward compatible games.

What do you think about backward compatibility on Xbox Series X? Does this change your views on the new Xbox? Let us know in the comments.

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