Today, Microsoft has finally unveiled many of the specifications for the upcoming Xbox X series, but the company has also described something arguably important: how the console can handle backward compatibility. According to Microsoft, the Series X supports ‘four generations’ of Xbox games, something the company pointed out last year.
“Our commitment to compatibility means that existing Xbox One games, including backwards compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, look and play better than ever before,” Xbox chief Phil Spencer wrote in a blog post. “Your favorite games, including titles in Xbox Game Pass, benefit from more stable frame rates, faster loading times and improved resolution and visual reliability – all without developer work. Your Xbox One gaming accessories also come to the fore. “
There is also a new feature, called “Smart Delivery,” which makes Xbox games essentially universal apps when developers and publishers choose to use them. This is how Microsoft describes it:
This technology allows you to buy a game once and know that – whether you play it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X – you get the correct version of that game on every Xbox you play on. We undertake to use Smart Delivery on all our exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles, including Halo infinite, so you only need to purchase a title once to play the best available version for whatever Xbox console they want to play. This technology is available to all developers and publishers and they can choose to use it for titles that are first released on Xbox One and later on the Xbox Series X.
Microsoft says we will hear more about the Series X in the months prior to E3 in June. The console is expected to launch this holiday season.