Xbox Backwards Compatibility Ends with 76 New Games

Celebrating Microsoft’s Xbox 20th anniversary, a surprise release of 76 backwards compatible games were released. However, this is the final batch as Xbox backwards compatibility comes to an end. Each of the 76 new games comes with Auto HDR support on the Xbox Series X. While the Xbox One will see resolution increase.

In addition to Auto HDR (with supported displays) on Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, original Xbox games will get a four-fold resolution increase on Xbox Series X and Xbox One X. A 3x resolution increase on Xbox Series S, and a 2x resolution increase on Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Eleven of the games (Fear, Fear 3Binary Domain,and Nier were mentioned) will get 60 frames-per-second supports. That’s thanks to the FPS Boost feature introduced to Xbox Series X earlier this year. Additionally, another 26 games were already in the backward compatibility program will get FPS Boost support. Which included Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Dragon Age: Origins, and Alan Wake. FPS Boost will also come to 33 titles on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Xbox Backwards Compatibility Added:

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney Universe
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Elements of Destruction
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • F.E.A.R. Files
  • The First Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Max Payne 3
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  • MX vs. ATV Alive
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed
  • NIER
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Switchball
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time Pilot
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Piñata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

End of an Era

Even though the offerings were paused in 2019, Microsoft made it official that they would no longer add games to Xbox backwards compatibility program.

“This latest and final addition of 70+ titles to the backwards compatibility program was only possible through the passion and feedback from the community,” Microsoft said. “Your constant requests for specific titles and enhancements encouraged the Backwards Compatibility team to partner with the original creators to preserve thousands of games from over four generations of Xbox. 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.”

As disappointing as it seems, backwards compatibility becomes less and less important nowadays. For Microsoft, they were doing this for games on the original Xbox or Xbox 360. As those consoles have gone way of the Apple Pippen, there is a less of a need for them. Sony, finally, curbed their issue with the PlayStation Now service. Curbed it but have not solved it.

I will mourn the loss, but I will remember the joy it brought me. Still some great old games I can still play on my Xbox One.

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