Xbox Series X backward compatibility just got over 70 new games

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Microsoft has added more than 70 Xbox 360 and original Xbox games to its backward compatibility program on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. It has also enabled FPS boost for 37 more titles and has started rolling out the technology for Xbox Cloud gaming.

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The announcement was made during Microsoft’s Xbox 20th Anniversary Celebration Show and continues the company’s commitment to preserving games that preserve Xbox’s 20-year history.

Xbox owners can now enjoy the full Skate franchise as well as the entire Max Payne and FEAR franchises as Skate 2 is added. More than 20 original Xbox titles are also playable, including Dead or Alive Ultimate, Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2 and the Otogi franchise.

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If you own these games on disc or digitally, they will now be available to play, with most of them open to purchase through the Microsoft Store.

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As we’ve seen with previous backward compatible titles, every game added will benefit from upgraded visuals and Auto HDR on a display that supports it. Original Xbox games will benefit from a 4x resolution increase on Xbox Series X and Xbox One X, a 3x resolution increase on Xbox Series S, and a 2x resolution increase on Xbox One S and Xbox One.

Titles that support FPS Boost will also allow previously locked games to run at 60fps at 30fps. Binary Domain, Nier, the entire Gears of War franchise, and all three FEAR games will benefit from the FPS boost, including many more.

For those who prefer to play Xbox games via the cloud, 34 titles will benefit from the FPS boost, including Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and The Evil Within 2.

Of course, players can toggle the FPS boost and auto HDR feature on or off by going to the ‘Manage game’ section if you want to play each title without any enhancements.


Analysis: Important to keep old games alive

Microsoft’s commitment to backward compatibility is commendable. Video games can often be out of reach as hardware moves forward and digital storefronts are closed, a trend we’ve seen happens in the console gaming space for a very long time.

With Microsoft’s latest console now supporting every generation of Xbox, long-forgotten classics can once again be played and discovered, and often look and play better than ever.

Microsoft’s backward compatibility program has also shown its competitors such as Sony and Nintendo that consumers prefer to play games they already have, rather than pay for remasters and remakes. It is also a necessary step in the preservation of video games and prevents games from being lost in the annals of time.

To celebrate the Xbox’s 20th anniversary, we’re reminiscing about Microsoft’s big heavy box and our favorite memories, games, and moments. It may not be the greatest console ever, but there’s no doubt that the Xbox has had a massive impact on the gaming industry as a whole.

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