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Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility Confirmed

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BY March 7, 2021

Say what you will about Microsoft, but Xbox backwards compatibility is a huge feature of their platform. The ability to play original Xbox games, Xbox 360 titles, and the newest releases on one console is a godsend. When we look to the new generation of consoles, features like backwards compatibility are going to be huge. With Xbox Series X backwards compatibility confirmed, Microsoft is firming its position in the battle for the next generation of consoles. In the end, we just want great games to play. That being said, a little competition helps make better consoles, games, and experiences for the gaming community. 

What is Available on Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility?

Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility Image Credit: Microsoft

The Xbox Series X console is confirmed to be one model of the new line of Xbox consoles. The Series X model, like the Xbox One X, is the top of the class version of the new consoles. We don’t know much about the lower tiers so far. We do know, however, that backwards compatibility is a day one feature of the Series X. Xbox Series X backwards compatibility is a great way to make the console competitive. Supporting this feature is a no brainer, given the capabilities of backwards compatibility and Microsoft’s focus on it during the Xbox One days. 

If you watched, then you know the console was hands down one of the biggest surprises of The Game Awards 2019. If you didn’t see, the console is a micro-PC tower design, with some impressive specs. As I reported in my initial account of the console, a 12 teraflop GPU and many other PC-level specs should make the Series X tough to beat for Sony. Sure, the PS4 won this round of the console wars. As we know, however, the Xbox 360 was more popular than the PS3. Things can change in the blink of an eye. 

What Games Will Be Playable from Older Console Generations?

Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility Image Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft appears to be saying that not all games will be backwards compatible. Like the Xbox One, the Xbox Series X should be able to play all games reworked for the feature. This includes OG Xbox games like Destroy All Humans and Psychonauts. Plus, Xbox 360 titles like Perfect Dark and a number of other hits from the late 2000s are going to be playable as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Microsoft announce even more backwards compatible games ahead of the Series X’s launch. 

The new console releases Holiday 2020. That’s a lot of time to still find out more about this console. As you can probably assume, I’m a big Microsoft fan. I’ve still found myself more disappointed than not in the past 5 years. Terrible exclusive games and a number of missteps made the Xbox One a skippable console generation. Hopefully Microsoft gets their stuff together this time around. 

Any chance that Xbox Series X backwards compatibility sells you on the console? If so, what do you want to see added to the backwards compatibility lineup? Let us know what you think in the comments! Keep coming back to Comic Years for more on the Xbox Series X and all gaming news!

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft


Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.


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