Director of Program Management at Xbox, Jason Ronald, has taken to Twitter to confirm that every single game that’s playable on the Xbox One will be playable on the Xbox Series X|S. This includes Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox Games. Check out the tweet for yourself below.
After 500K+ hours of testing, we’re are excited to share that all Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games playable on Xbox One today, except for the handful that require Kinect, will be available – and look and play better – on Xbox Series X|S at launch.
Alright, yeah. Technically, not every single game that’s playable on the Xbox One will work on the Xbox Series X|S because of the lack of Kinect support moving forward, meaning if you really want to play Fighter Within, you better keep hold of your Xbox One. Aside from that though, everything that works now will work on the Xbox Series X|S, and Jason claims that they’ll all look and play better on the new hardware.
Will Backwards Compatibility Be Supported More?
That’s unclear right now. Last year, Microsoft halted the program of bringing old Xbox games to the Xbox One through backwards compatibility so that they could ensure the Xbox Series X|S ran everything that’s available. Now that the consoles are launching in less than two weeks, fans have wondered if they’ll start adding games again.
Ronald himself confirmed in an interview with Game Informer earlier this month that the team are investigating the possibility of adding more games in the future: “It’s definitely something that we’re looking into, and I’ll say ‘Never say never’. But I will also say some of these games were designed before the idea of generational compatibility came into play. So, in some cases, we’ve run into some technical challenges, and in other cases, there’s licensing challenges and whatnot. So, the team’s definitely looking into it. I can’t commit to anything here, but it’s definitely something top of mind for us and something that we are investigating.”
It’s a non-committal answer, but it doesn’t shut down the possibility either. With plenty of huge Xbox 360 titles that haven’t become backwards compatible, including Max Payne 3, Beautiful Katamari, Binary Domain and, my personal favourite, 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand, there’s always room to expand.
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