Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away. The company has announced Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S users are getting over 70 new titles on the Xbox Backward Compatibility program. That’s the good news. Now for the bad news… Microsoft says it is shuttering backward compatibility, so this could be the last batch of new titles.
During a live show to celebrate 20 years of Xbox, Microsoft revealed one of the biggest batch releases of Xbox Backward Compatibility games ever. The 76 titles cover games from both the original Xbox and the following Xbox 360.
However, Microsoft says it is also wrapping up the Xbox Backward Compatibility concept. The company says the headaches around licensing games mean the program will be discontinued six years after its 15 year launch.
“While we continue to stay focused on preserving and enhancing the art form of games, we have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing, legal and technical constraints,” says Peggy Lo, Xbox compatibility program lead. “Thank you for being part of this journey with us.”
Maybe this is not a surprise for some users. Microsoft has not added more games to Backward Compatibility since 2019. Still, it is a shame one of the pillars that stands the Xbox brand apart is going away.
It is worth noting Microsoft will continue to support backward compatibility for existing games that are part of the program. That means if you have purchased any of the near 5000 games supported by Backward Compatibility, you can still play them. Furthermore, players can also continue to purchase from the existing catalog.
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