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Xbox Has Put Together A New Team Focused On Game Preservation

Backward compatibility to the future.


Microsoft probably likes the inspirational quote, "Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward." That's because Xbox has created a new team that will spearhead game preservation for the company now and into the future.

Windows Central reported that President of Xbox Sarah Bond sent out an email to her team announcing the new group. "We have formed a new team dedicated to game preservation, important to all of us at Xbox and the industry itself," wrote Bond. "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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According to Windows Central, Microsoft confirmed the authenticity of Bond's email. In addition, Bond did post on X (formerly known as Twitter) after the report went live, saying, "Xbox. Always." No official details were shared by Microsoft about this new team. Xbox is reportedly hosting its next big showcase event in June, during which we may hear about this project as well as upcoming games like the rumored Gears of War 6.

Bond was promoted to president of Xbox in October. In addition to leading this new game preservation team, she also oversees devices, platform engineering, player and creator experiences, and more. Earlier this year, Bond confirmed that Xbox is working on the next generation of Xbox consoles.

As for Microsoft, Xbox has shown that game preservation is important to the brand over the years. And we here at GameSpot have talked about why it's time to start focusing on game preservation as well.

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