All Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games playable on Xbox One today, except for the handful that require Kinect, will be available, look and play better on Xbox Series X|S at launch, it's been officially confirmed.
Backwards compatibility is a pretty important feature for many gamers who are looking to upgrade to next-generation consoles Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. Sony already confirmed that the majority of games from PlayStation 4 will be playable on PlayStation 5.
Their main rival, Microsoft are one step ahead when it comes to backwards compatibly. Today, it has been confirmed that Xbox Series X and cheaper model Xbox Series S will run all Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games playable on Xbox One today. The only exception are games that require Kinect, Xbox's discontinued motion sensor hardware.
Xbox's Director of PM, Jason Ronald, announced the exciting news via his Twitter profile:
"After 500K+ hours of testing, we're are excited to share that all Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games playable on Xbox One today, except for the handful that require Kinect, will be available – and look and play better – on Xbox Series X|S at launch."
As you can see, Ronald also confirmed that these games will have certain advantages. We assume this refers to higher resolution and potentially higher frame rates. However, don't get your hopes up just yet, at least until we get more details about this.
It remains to be seen if Xbox plan to add more Xbox and Xbox 360 games to the backwards compatible list. Players would certainly appreciate the opportunity to play Max Payne 3 and other big hits on Xbox Series X with improved visuals and higher frame-rate.
Xbox Series X and Series X consoles are hitting the shelves on November 10, 2020.