May 28, 2022

Xbox Series X Will Boast Full Backwards Compatibility

We are still a good number of months away from the release of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. However, we know a fair amount of stuff about one…and not too much about the other. The topic of Backwards Compatibility lends favour to the Xbox, but can the PS5 pull things around?

You may have been aware of PlayStation’s recent ‘reveal‘ of the PlayStation 5.

It didn’t go down as well for players or consumers. Many watching were expecting to see the new console in action. Or maybe the announcement of new games. Instead, we saw an hour of Mark Cerny talking about the PS5’s specs. This is chiefly due to the fact that the broadcast was meant for the developers market.

That aside, one interesting tidbit from Mark Cerny’s presentation was the (small) talk about backwards compatibility. Chiefly, Cerny said:

“We recently took a look at the top 100 PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime. We’re expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5”.

Almost all of them. Almost all of the top 100 PS4 titles. Doesn’t leave a lot of hope in the mouths of PlayStation 4 owners eager to play PlayStation 5, really.

Conversely, Xbox has no such qualms. In a since-deleted Tweet, Xbox responded to a fan’s query about the Series X and backwards compatibility:

“All games that are currently Backwards Compatible, yes. Plus all Xbox One games”.

Via T3

To put that into context, all backwards compatible games you can play on Xbox One – from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360 – plus games playable on the Xbox One currently, will be playable on the Xbox Series X.

Keep it in the Family

The Series X will release Xbox “family” titles. That being, titles released on the Xbox One will release on the Series X. It’s something Xbox hopes will incentivise Xbox owners to stick with the brand.

We can already see the extent of such loyalty. A recent announcement that games like Cyberpunk 2077 will be available as a free Series X upgrade for anyone who purchases the title on the Xbox One.

Back in January, Microsoft’s Matt Booty commented saying:

“As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices.

We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content”.

Now, obviously, backwards compatibility is only one aspect that players look for in a new game console. Sadly, for anyone wanting exclusives, PlayStation 5 will still be the go-to console there. However, for every other aspect, until the full details for both consoles are released, it currently comes down to whether you’re an Xbox or PlayStation fan.

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