Microsoft Ends Xbox Backwards Compatible Games Due to Licensing, Legal, and Technical Limits

Microsoft Ends Xbox Backwards Compatible Games

Microsoft ends Xbox backwards compatible games on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S library; having reached their limits over licensing, legal, and technical constraints.

As covered in our previous report, Xbox celebrated the console line’s 20th anniversary and added over 70 Xbox 360 and original Xbox games to the backwards compatibility library on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Highlights of the recent additions include the Max Payne and F.E.A.R. series, along with Nier, Skate 2, and over 20 original Xbox titles such as Dead or Alive Ultimate, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II, Star Wars: Starfighter, and the Otogi franchise.

All of these titles will benefit from Auto HDR, improved visual quality, and resolution enhancement for original Xbox games. 37 titles (11 added today) also had FPS boost enabled; and brought to existing titles such as Sonic Generations and Fallout: New Vegas. FPS Boost would be rolled out to Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) for select titles such as Fallout 76 and Fallout 4.

The news that Microsoft ends Xbox backwards compatible games comes in the fine print of the new roster of additional games, where Compatibility Program Lead Peggy Lo explains that they have hit their limit on what they can do.

“While we continue to stay focused on preserving and enhancing the art form of games, we have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing, legal and technical constraints. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.”

Based on Xbox’ own list of Xbox One Backward Compatible titles, there are now nearly 600 games available. Even so, Lo states this will not be the end of backwards compatibility. “We are excited to explore new ways to preserve our history and bring the catalog of the thousands of titles available in the Xbox ecosystem to more players via new innovations such as Xbox Cloud Gaming and future platforms.”

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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