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Xbox Series X can play all Xbox One games unless they use Kinect

Microsoft today confirmed that the Xbox Series X console does not support the existing Kinect accessory or the Xbox One games built specifically for Kinect. In a blog post Xbox chief Phil Spencer, explaining Microsoft’s commitments to the upcoming Xbox Series X console, reveals that Kinect games will not be supported.

“Our intention is for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X when the console is launched,” said Spencer. “And because of the unprecedented power of Xbox Series X, most of your favorite games load faster and look much better on the new console.”

Microsoft was previously clear about supporting existing Xbox One games, including backward compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games on the Xbox Series X. However, the lack of Kinect support is new. “Kinect cannot work in any way,” Spencer confirms in an interview with The edge. The back of the Xbox Series X, like the Xbox One X, doesn’t have a dedicated Kinect port, and Microsoft doesn’t support the USB Kinect adapter that it plugged in 2018 after killing the Kinect in 2017.

Kinect for Xbox One.

While Spencer doesn’t explicitly commit to every Xbox One game running on the Xbox Series X, it’s clear that the vast majority will, and the “intent” wording is there in case there is a rare exception. “Our backward compatibility engineers have devised years of innovative ways for modern, next-gen technology to make the game library you build today even better, at no extra cost and without developer work,” said Spencer.

The rest of Spencer’s blog post really feels like Microsoft highlighting its different approach to next-gen consoles, with a few subtle jokes in Sony’s PS5 plans. “The Xbox Elite Controller and Xbox Adaptive Controller all work on Xbox Series X, so you don’t have to buy new controllers,” said Spencer. “Unlike others, we believe that your gaming investments should go with you to the next generation.”

Spencer also says Microsoft will not “force” people to upgrade consoles to get exclusive Xbox games. “Xbox Game Studios titles that we will release in the coming years, such as Halo Infinite – will be available and play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One, ”says Spencer. “We will not force you to upgrade to Xbox Series X at launch to play exclusive Xbox games.”

Microsoft now plans to host an Xbox games event on July 23. Next week’s event will be a showcase for the Halo Infinite campaign for other games coming to Xbox Series X.