Xbox just added more than 70 games to its backward compatibility program. But that massive drop will be the last batch of games to be added as Xbox announced licensing and legal restrictions mean no more games can be added for backward compatibility.
Hidden in the official Xbox Wire contribution Xbox announces the latest decline in backward-compatible and improved games, Xbox writes: “We continue to focus on preserving and improving the art form of games, but we have reached the limit of our ability to catalog new games from the past.” licensing, legal and technical restrictions. Thank you for being part of this journey with us. “
IGN confirmed to Xbox that this will be the last addition to the backward compatible catalog and that no new titles are expected in the future.
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In a statement from a Microsoft spokesman, the company said, “Yes, this will be the last addition to the backward compatibility program for Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. We have reached the limit of our ability to add additional games to the catalog due to licensing. ” , legal or technical restrictions. We knowwe have said that before, but we’ve gone back again to add as many fan-requested titles as possible to the catalog to celebrate our 20th anniversary. “
Backward compatibility allowed the Xbox One to play a library of Xbox 360 games. In 2017 Microsoft announced that it would extend backward compatibility to original Xbox games.
The Xbox Series X | S does this and offers backward compatibility with Xbox One games as well as original Xbox and Xbox 360 games.
The big and final backward compatibility drop announced during Xbox’s 20th Anniversary livestream includes the entire Max Payne series, Skate 2, and the Dead or Alive games. Other franchises, like Fallout, received an FPS boost when running on the latest Xbox hardware. Check out the full list of Backward Compatible Games here.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s news editor. You can reach him @lawoffd.