Backward compatibility is hands down one of the strengths of the Xbox ecosystem. In recent years, the brand’s players have actually enjoyed the compatibility of hundreds of Xbox Original and Xbox 360 titles on their Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S benefits. And if the program were to end in 2019 so the technical teams could focus on designing the next generation consoles, it could resume very soon. This is, in fact, Jason Ronald’s talk, although he also states that he cannot guarantee anything as adding new games will be difficult!
In the interview on the website of Lord of Gaming, the legendary designer of the Xbox series, is reminiscent of the Backward Compatibility Program. He looks back on all of the backward compatibility team’s work, contributions from Auto HDR or FPS Boost, but also the challenges it faces when new productions are brought into service. And if you are hoping to play all of Xbox Original and 360 games in the long run, your expectations must undoubtedly be lowered!
We’d like to add more games to the program, but it’s getting more difficult. Can we technically play some of these games first? But in In some cases, developers or publishers no longer exist. OrIf there are licensing agreements in place or the developer has other franchise projects, this is a real challenge.
So it seems that the potential for remaining games to be made compatible with the latest Xbox home consoles is dwindling. Jason Ronald’s speech seems to make it clear that there will be a case-by-case approach based on player needs to determine if developers and publishers are ready to play the game of backward compatibility. This probably explains why games like PGR4 are still not playable on our Xbox One and Series. After the studio behind the racing title closes its doors, it is difficult to regain agreements or rights. Then what about the next games added?
I can’t commit to certain games or [confirmer si] We may add more games in the future, but we’re definitely working on it. We try to do what we can and in the end I would say we hear the comments.
It will therefore be necessary to be satisfied with this stated will. And hope that other licenses from older generations of consoles can be rolled back to our current consoles. Today there are 37 Xbox Original games and 477 Xbox 360 games available in the Backward Compatibility Program. Last year we asked you which titles in this catalog you were most looking forward to. Discover them: