Earlier today, Microsoft shared more details on how backwards compatibility works between previous generation Xbox games on Xbox Series X and S, however buried there was a big detail – they’re removing the Xbox Live subscription requirement for Xbox 360 cloud saves.
That’s right – Microsoft is making cloud saves a free feature for all Xbox users, even Xbox 360 users. Now users will be able to backup game saves to the cloud from every generation of Xbox from the Xbox 360 onwards entirely free, reaffirming Microsoft’s commitment to backwards compatibility support.
Previously, the company made an Xbox Live Gold subscription a requirement for users looking to back their saves up to the cloud. Sony, on the other hand, is still requiring a PlayStation Plus subscription for cloud saves on PS4 and PS3 games – as does Nintendo with the Nintendo Switch (they require a Nintendo Network subscription).
“For those of you still enjoying Xbox 360, cloud saves will soon be free to all Xbox 360 users, making transferring your favorite games to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S even easier,” Microsoft said in their earlier update.
Considering game save data is quite small compared to actual media (photos, video, etc) or game installs, it’s surprising this hasn’t been made a free feature across the board that platform holders can tick off as an included feature with their platform.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch on November 10th.