Microsoft Adds Over 70 Games to Xbox Backward Compatibility

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Xbox, Microsoft has added an astonishing 70+ new games to the Xbox Backward Compatibility library.

“Today, we’re excited to add 70+ Xbox 360 and original Xbox games to our backward compatibility catalog in celebration of our 20th anniversary,” Microsoft’s Peggy Lo writes in the announcement post. “This includes many of your top requested favorites.”

Those favorites include:

Max Payne. The entire Max Payne series is now playable on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles for the first time.

F.E.A.R. The F.E.A.R. franchise is also now playable on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles for the very first time.

Skate. The entire Skate franchise is now complete with the addition of Skate 2 and playable on both Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

OG Xbox games. Over 20 original Xbox titles are included in this release, including Dead or Alive Ultimate, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II, Star Wars: Starfighter, and the Otogi franchise.

Microsoft says that you can play these games today if you own them on disc or digitally, and most of them can be purchased digitally by new players in the Microsoft Store too.

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  • lezmaka

    Premium Member
    15 November, 2021 - 4:04 pm

    <p>And also in celebration of the 20th anniversary, Microsoft announced they won’t be adding any additional games in the future.</p>

    • rm

      16 November, 2021 - 7:24 am

      <p>Actually, in the past they said no more was coming. So, they can keep surprising us with more anytime!</p>

  • jhuylebroeck

    Premium Member
    16 November, 2021 - 5:34 am

    <p>Oh, where did you read that? I’m not unhappy with backwards compatibility but want it expanded!</p>

    • itrimble

      Premium Member
      16 November, 2021 - 8:44 am

      <p><em style="color: rgb(33, 37, 41);">While we continue to stay focused on preserving and enhancing the art form of games, </em><strong style="color: rgb(33, 37, 41);"><em>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</em></strong><em style="color: rgb(33, 37, 41);">. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.</em></p>

      • IanYates82

        Premium Member
        16 November, 2021 - 3:14 pm

        <p>In a blog post? </p><p><br></p><p>Sad… Licensing is the big blocker for this I suspect. I was really holding out for Simpsons Road Rage, and Shrek Party. </p>

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