Microsoft has just confirmed that Xbox Series X will come with thousands of games, showing years worth of backwards compatibility efforts. This comes as a clear message, in comparison to Sony’s mixed message about the backwards compatibility on PlayStation 5.
The Xbox Series X Director of Program Management, Jason Ronald, stated that: “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. 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.”
Roland was also asked if “thousands” means every single Xbox One game – meaning those on Xbox 360 and the original Xbox games that they are already compatible with Xbox One. He stated that the plan involves all of the titles that run on Xbox One today. The thing is that, if it works on Xbox One, it should definitely work on Xbox Series X. He also added that there might be some exceptions, like games with licensed music, which contract has expired with the publisher.
He then added that Xbox One, Xbox 360 games, and all the original Xbox games would run better on Xbox Series X. Many of them will come with higher performance than what they saw when they were originally launched on their own platforms. They will render at their maximum resolution and visual quality. And the fact that we’re talking about backwards compatibility shows that there will be a significant reduction in the in-game load time, as well.