Xbox launches new team dedicated to game preservation and backwards compatibility

Xbox backwards compatibility

It’s been a couple years since Microsoft officially halted their games preservation and backwards compatibility program, though the company announced they’re finally returning to their roots.

Xbox has launched a new team dedicated to game preservation and backwards compatibility, news announced by Xbox president Sarah Bond in an internal memo to staff (via Windows Central, also confimed by Microsoft).

“We have formed a new team dedicated to game preservation, important to all of us at Xbox and the industry itself,” Bond said in the email.

She added, “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.”

Games that ship on a physical disc can be generally played forever until the physical media stops functioning. However, lots of modern games are online-only or they require an online connection – sometimes even just to play single-player.

Online-only or digital-only games also face a conundrum of games becoming unplayable or even unlicenseable and completely removed from online storefronts.


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