Your Old Xbox Games Will Play on Xbox Series X

Microsoft is taking backwards compatibility to the next level

Microsoft is taking backwards compatibility to the next level, which means you don't have to throw out your old games, progress, or the money you spent on those games.

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New game consoles promise better performance, exciting new gaming experiences and, too often, the retirement of entire game collections. That's been changing, as Microsoft's Xbox One supports a slew of Xbox 360 games and the PlayStation 5 will support many PS4 games. The upcoming Xbox Series X is, according to a new Microsoft Xbox development blog post, going back even further, all the way to games played on the original Xbox, which was launched in 2001.

The gaming details: Scheduled for release later this year, the new Xbox Series X (formerly known as Project Scarlett), will support at least 500 Xbox 360 titles and a number of popular original Xbox games. Microsoft has yet to provide a list, but we're hoping it includes a few choice titles from this list.

Total Xbox (original) titles: 1000+

Total Xbox 360 Games: 2086

Playing like new: Microsoft claims these old games will tap into the full power of the new console and should see faster load times and even better performance than they had on the original Xbox.

Good looks: Your old games could run at higher resolutions while, Microsoft promised, not ruining the original game creators' artistic visions, Some of the games will gain High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, even though they were developed before the existence of the display technology. A handful of titles will also get frame rate boosts, from 30 fps to 60 fps and from 60 fps to 120 fps.

Numbers game: As the company works toward console release, Microsoft said it's completed 100,000 of play testing on these and other games and plans to finish twice that amount before the Xbox Series X ships later this year.

Bottom line: Video games can cost as much as $65. If you have a whole library of Xbox games going back a few generations this is some very good news.

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