In a blog post, Microsoft has announced that it is ending its Xbox One Backward Compatibility program in order to shift its focus on next-gen. But now the question is, will Xbox users still be able to play last-gen games on Xbox One?
Backward Compatibility was Xbox One’s key features. It allowed players to play their favorite Xbox and Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One and Xbox One X. The Xbox One X even offered graphical enhancements such as resolution boosts, increased frame rates and other post-processing tweaks on some games.
The Xbox One Backward Compatibility program was met with a lot of positivity when it debuted. It was originally announced back in Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference. This was a way players could still play their favorite games when they invested in new consoles.
Players wouldn’t have to buy old consoles just to play old games. If they had fond memories and nostalgia associated with old-gen games, they could continue to play them on their Xbox One consoles.
Thanks to The Xbox One Backward Compatibility Program, players got to play over 600 games. But now Microsoft is setting its eyes on the future of console gaming.
In a blog post made on Xbox Wire, Jason Ronald, Partner Director of Xbox Platform, announced the company’s plans to move on.
As a final thank you to the community, we are bringing Too Human to the Backward Compatibility catalog and are making it available digitally to everyone for free.
After adding more than 600 titles to the Backward Compatibility catalog, we’re now setting our sights on what’s next for the future of compatibility.
Players can download Too Human right now and play it on their Xbox One consoles for free. This is Microsoft’s way of saying thank you to everyone who took part in their Backward Compatibility Program.
We’ve listened closely to community feedback and respect the game libraries you’ve built throughout the last 18 years. That’s why we’re taking our work a step further and announced this week that thousands of games from all four generations will be playable on Project Scarlett.
Ronald went on further to talk about what will happen to existing games on The Xbox One Backward Compatibility Program:
As such, we have now shifted our focus to help make the games you love playing on Xbox One compatible with future Xbox hardware. After this week, we have no plans to add additional Original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalog on Xbox One, but we’re excited to continue our work on Xbox compatibility across platforms and devices, which remains a top priority.
Basically, players can still continue to take advantage of Xbox One’s Backward Compatibility and play old games on their consoles. Microsoft is only saying that there won’t be new games appearing on the Xbox One backward compatibility catalog. However, players can still play the existing Xbox 360 and Xbox games that are still on the Xbox One backward compatibility catalog.
With Microsoft’s focus shifted on their next-gen console—the Xbox Project Scarlett, players can still look forward to other projects such as the Xbox Game Pass PC. Xbox Game Pass PC comes with “over 100 video games”, including PC exclusive titles like Imperator: Rome, Football Manager 2019, Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and many more. You can also download and play Too Human for free right now from the Xbox Marketplace.