By Cody Roark
Good news for Xbox gamers the world over! The Xbox Series X will have backwards compatibility at launch, supporting all your favorite Xbox One titles.
Having backwards compatibility for the newest version of Microsoft’s Xbox has been on the minds of fans ever since it was first brought to light at E3 in 2019. Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, mentioned at the last E3 event that Microsoft was striving to make the Xbox Series X backwards compatible all the way back to day one. That would be including games across four generations of consoles, from the original Xbox to the Xbox One.
Spencer and Jason Ronald, Xbox Director of Program Management, have come forward in an interview with Gamespot, that the Xbox Series X will be able to play all Xbox One titles on the day of its launch. Phil goes on to say that they wanted to make sure that the next-gen console had this capability on day one. He even says he’s been playing a variety of Xbox One titles on his own Xbox Series X to test it out and make sure that Xbox could deliver on its promise to fans.
With the news of backwards compatibility back to day one released by Spencer comes even more news as well from Ronald. “We have thousands of games that run on Xbox One today,” Jason Ronald explained. “We want those games to be able to come forward with you, but we also want your services to come with you [as well.] 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, all of that should come forward so there are no barriers for you as you think about moving forward.”
“[It takes a lot of work] even for Xbox One games, because one of the biggest challenges is console games are usually hyper-optimized to the unique hardware capabilities of the device, and this is a new generation of hardware,” Ronald added. “It is a new chip architecture. At the same time, we did design the silicon with [backwards] compatibility in mind, so we did make certain decisions to try to lessen that work, but I don’t want to trivialize how much work the team’s actually doing because there is a tremendous amount of work.” It’s clear that the developers at Xbox are committed to giving the fans what they want.
All of the hard work Xbox gamers have accomplished in their favorite games will still be remembered as they carry their legacy forward into the next generation and they get to continue playing them on the next-gen console! It looks like the Xbox Series X is already shaping up to be another fan favorite in the console gaming community. We will see how it does against its biggest competitor, Sony’s PlayStation 5, in the 2020 holiday season.