Xbox Series X to support full backwards compatibility

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Microsoft has assured Xbox gamers that their Series X can play old classics from previous consoles.

The Xbox Series X launches towards the end of next year and every single Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One game will be playable.

This was revealed this past week during Microsoft’s World Premiere launch of their latest console.

Vice president of gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer said to GameSpot: “We wanted to make sure that we could deliver on the compatibility promise and so I’ve been playing quite a few Xbox 360 and Xbox One games on the Xbox Series X to ensure that we can be there from day one.”

Xbox partner director of program management Jason Ronald, meanwhile, expressed the importance of this feature.

“We want your gaming legacy to come with you, whether that’s your Gamerscore, whether that’s your friends list, all your achievements, your game saves, so that there are no barriers for you as you think about moving forward.”

Ronald continued: “Every game has been optimised to the unique hardware capabilities of the device,” so expect even the oldest of games to look that little bit smoother in action on the Series X.

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It was also revealed that, as well as games, all your current Xbox One controllers will work on the Xbox Series X and the new Xbox Series X controller will function on Xbox One.

So while Microsoft might be lacking in regards exclusive games, when it comes to replaying old classics such as the Halo franchise, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Project Gotham Racing, they’ve got something that even Sony’s PlayStation could not compete with.

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