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Xbox Expands Backward Compatibility with 75 More Original Xbox and Xbox 360 Games

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Today, Xbox added 70+ Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games to the backward compatibility library on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S in honor of Xbox's 20th anniversary.
Xbox Expands Backward Compatibility with 75 More Original Xbox and Xbox 360 Games
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The Xbox console celebrates its 20th anniversary on Monday, November 15. Xbox organized a unique digital event online to commemorate twenty years of video games on Xbox systems. The Xbox 20th Anniversary Celebration included various new announcements as well as nostalgic looks back on key milestones in Xbox's history. One of these announcements is that Xbox is bringing back 76 vintage Xbox titles via backward compatibility, which are now accessible to buy and play on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S platforms.

Many famous franchises from Xbox's past are featured on the list of 76 games, including some that will have Xbox fans wondering why they weren't included in the backward compatibility program before. F.E.A.R., the Max Payne trilogy, Star Wars games like Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and Starfighter: Special Edition, multiple Dead or Alive games, and a slew of other thrilling titles are just a few examples. 

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Games that might have otherwise been lost to time are now available on Xbox backward compatibility. The Otogi and Otogi 2 hack-and-slash action games from Dark Souls producer From Software, Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption forerunner Red Dead Revolver, cult shooter Timesplitters 2, and tactical RPG Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment also made the list. Xbox has certainly done its homework by inviting all of its partners to assist in bringing a varied range of Xbox and Xbox 360 games back to new audiences.

However, the Xbox backward compatibility program is considerably more than just bringing back old games. It's also about enhancing their capabilities on modern platforms. The resolution of all of today's new original Xbox additions will be increased. On Xbox One, the resolution will be increased by 2x, 3x on Xbox Series S, and 4x on Xbox One X and Xbox Series X. Eleven of today's new games will also get a frame rate boost, bringing them up to 60 frames per second (26 existing backward compatible games are also getting this FPS boost).

Due to licensing and compatibility issues, Xbox officially put the backward compatibility effort on hold two years ago. Consider today's push from the program as the very last effort. Backward compatibility for Xbox and Xbox 360 games will be implemented for the "latest and final" time, according to Xbox. 

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However it's regrettable that the program is coming to an end, it's also thrilling that Xbox was able to put together this final batch of 76 game releases to commemorate the company's 20th anniversary. When the program was put on hold, few people expected any more games to be released. And, who knows, maybe in another 5 or 10 years, publishers and license holders will be more willing to bring their Xbox and Xbox 360 titles back to the market.

H/S: Xbox 

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