Here’s why your favorite Xbox 360 game isn’t backward compatible on Xbox Series X

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Microsoft’s backwards compatibility program may end on November 20, 2021, with more than 70 games being added as part of Xbox’s 20th anniversary, but you may be wondering: “Why not mine? Favorite Xbox 360 or original Xbox game made the cut?”

Throughout the life of the Xbox backward compatibility program, people have always questioned why more titles haven’t been added. Jason Ronald, director of program management at Xbox, explained to TRG that making the game back-competed wasn’t as straightforward as people might think.


“A lot of games in the original Xbox generation or Xbox 360 generation, at the time, the idea of ​​forward compatibility – and thinking about how these games would live – were not part of the industry’s DNA,” says Ronald.

“There will be titles we’ll be working on, and we’ll get them working technically. But then all of a sudden, we realize all the different approvals we’ll need: whether it’s a publisher or a developer or a licensee.

“And it really created a lot of work and a lot of challenges,” Ronald explained. “In some cases, when you think about consolidating companies, or buying IP, it is sometimes even more difficult to figure out who you need approval from!

“But I would say that every sport is a unique challenge. And it’s one of the hardest things for the community to reach. Because people are like, ‘Oh, well, you did this game, you should do that game.’ Sport comes with a unique set of challenges and this is where a lot of work really goes into bringing the game forward.”

So many games, so many obstacles

Problems with licenses, publishers, and technical quirks have meant that there are hundreds of games that Microsoft wanted to add to the Xbox Backward Compatibility Program, but couldn’t. Some titles, as shared by Ronald, have taken years Due to the above issues have to be added to the program.

“When we started this last patch [over 70 back-compat titles were added on November 20, 2021]”We actually started with a list of hundreds of games that we were going to try,” says Ronald. “And we didn’t know we were going to get five.” [titles], if we 10 . were going to get [titles], or if we have 20 . going to get [titles],

“And to be honest, there are some games in the program that I never thought we would be able to bring forward. It is a labor of love and in some cases it takes years to bring it forward, but the team has always been committed to doing everything we can for the fans. ,

So there you have it. There are many reasons why some older titles like Blur, Stranglehold, and Project Gotham Racing 4 aren’t backward compatible on the Xbox Series X — and it’s not for wanting to try.

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