New reports state that Xbox will be fully supporting backwards compatibility on its upcoming hardware.

Backwards compatibility is always a big deal for gamers. After all, everyone wants to be able to play their favorite games on new consoles, instead of having old hardware cluttering up their living rooms.

The huge library of backwards-compatible games is one of the best features of the Xbox Series X and S, as almost all Xbox One games and hundreds of Xbox 360 games are playable. Plus, dozens of older games even have enhanced modes for the modern consoles.

Fortunately, Xbox will be continuing its backwards compatibility for future console generations!

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Xbox to Continue Backwards Compatibility Support in Future Console Generations

As first reported by Windows Central, Xbox will continue backwards compatibility for all future hardware it releases and has set up a new team dedicated to preserving games.

This information was revealed in an email from Xbox President Sarah Bond, which was later received and verified by Windows Central.

In the email, Sarah Bond said:

“We have formed a new team dedicated to game preservation, important to all of us at Xbox and the industry itself. We are building on our strong history of delivering backwards compatibility to our players, and we remain committed to bringing forward the amazing library of Xbox games for future generations of players to enjoy.”

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Sarah Bond at the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase

This commitment to backwards compatibility is great news for anyone who owns an Xbox. Not only does it ensure that everyone can play their Xbox games on future hardware, but it also eases fears of titles being wiped from the digital Microsoft Store.

Additionally, it provides reassurance that backwards compatibility is still very much a priority for Microsoft, even if the near future of gaming will be a hybrid between consoles and streaming games on other devices.

According to Windows Central, Microsoft will share more about its plans for backwards compatibility later this year in its annual Xbox Showcase event. This will likely take place in early Summer, with The Verge suggesting that June 9 will be the exact date.

We also expect that Microsoft will finally reveal the leaked all-digital Xbox Series X console in this upcoming event.

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