A new advertisement for the Xbox Scarlett has recently made the rounds on Twitter, specifically from noted insider Klobrille. The ad in particular advertises the sheer strength of the Xbox Scarlett backwards compatibility potential, with thousands of games across four generations being playable on the console when it launches in 2020.
Halo Infinite will also be a launch title for the new console, the first time that such a thing has happened since Halo: Combat Evolved, the first Halo game, launched all the way back in 2001 on the original Xbox. Such an announcement might mean that Microsoft is putting everything they’ve got into the Scarlett.
Even though the Xbox 360 dominated the console market two generations ago, the company’s fortunes were reversed when the current console generation began in 2013. Faced with a dedicated gaming platform in the form of the Playstation 4, unlike the Xbox One, The Xbox One was soon outsold by the PS4, not helped by the Playstation’s greater selection of exclusive titles, greater graphical power, and not having a privacy-related PR gaffe.
Considering how popular the Xbox One backwards compatibility program and the Xbox Game Pass have been, it’s not surprising that the Xbox Scarlett backwards compatibility is going to be through the roof. The Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program eventually started to use Original Xbox games too, so this is the next logical step.
While we still only have Phil Spencer’s word that the Xbox Scarlett will be more powerful than the Playstation 5 and will have the console’s long-awaited exclusives on it, both consoles having a bigger emphasis on backwards compatibility may spark some fierce competition later.
Since both the Xbox Scarlett and the Playstation 5 will be releasing in the Holiday period of 2020, games, graphics, and backwards compatibility games will likely be the main areas that people look for when they come out. So not only will we be able to experience the Xbox Scarlett backwards compatibility, but the Playstation 5’s too.