Microsoft has said that it’s performed more than 500,000 hours of testing to confirm that every game playable on the Xbox One – from the original Xbox, Xbox 360 and the One itself – will also work on its next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, at launch (except for Kinect-only games, sorry).
A tweet from Team Xbox member Jason Ronald said 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.”
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
Apparently, it took “500K+ hours of testing” to ensure that every Xbox game across the three generations could be played on the new consoles, though it’s bad news for Kinect fans, as those games will be left on the island of misfit toys alongside the plucky peripheral as we move into the next generation.
This is great news for fans of the OG Xbox classics and the Xbox One exclusives that earmarked the last console generation. It means you can play everything from Conker: Live and Reloaded all the way through to Forza Horizon 4 when you boot up your new Xbox Series console on November 10. If you want to see an unboxing of the Xbox Series X, check out our video digging into all the details.
The Xbox Series X and S are coming on November 10. Xbox Series X retails at $499 USD / £449 / $749 AUD, while Xbox Series S comes in at $299 USD / £249.99 / $499 AUD. Xbox Series X and S are currently sold out ahead of launch but, with more units promised, keep an eye on our Xbox Series preorders page – and if you want to know everything about the consoles before you nab one, we have our Xbox Series X and S guide.
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Source: IGN Video Games All