Xbox Series X/S Officially Plays Every Game That Works On Xbox One (Except The Kinect Ones)
Save for a few games that required the Kinect peripheral, anything playable on the Xbox One will work from day one on Xbox Series X/S.
Backwards compatibility has been one of the key selling points of the Xbox One, and now that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are almost ready for a worldwide launch, it'll be a big focus for the next-generation consoles as well. Microsoft has confirmed that any game you could play on the Xbox One (minus a handful of games that required Kinect) will be playable on the Xbox Series X/S, which means that the day one library for that system will also include plenty of classic titles from the Xbox 360 and original Xbox libraries.
"After 500K+ hours of testing, we're are excited to share that all Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games playable on Xbox One today, except for the handful that require Kinect, will be available – and look and play better – on Xbox Series X|S at launch," Jason Ronald, director of program management for the Platform Team at Xbox, tweeted.
After 500K+ hours of testing, we’re are excited to share that all Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games playable on Xbox One today, except for the handful that require Kinect, will be available – and look and play better – on Xbox Series X|S at launch.— Jason Ronald (@jronald) October 28, 2020
While this means that you'll be able to play improved versions of games such as Red Dead Redemption or Alan Wake on the Xbox Series X/S, it only includes those games that were made backwards compatible for the Xbox One over the last few years. Sadly, this means that you'll need to own an Xbox 360 console if you want to experience Binary Domain again.
The existing backwards compatible library of Xbox 360 and Xbox games that'll be playable on day one of the Xbox Series X/S launch will still be a stacked one. Out of the 2083 games released on the Xbox 360 during its lifecycle you'll be able to play 577 of them, while 42 of the original Xbox console games are also making the leap to next gen. Don't expect any more games to be joining that list soon though as Microsoft has confirmed that it has paused the program ahead of its new consoles launching in November.