If you’re worried that your vast library of Xbox One games will be obsolete and forgotten once the Xbox Series X is released, don’t. Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Series X backwards compatibility will be available for the next-gen console on day one!
There’s no if, ands, or buts about this, as this bit of news was confirmed by Xbox boss Phil Spencer in an interview.
We wanted to make sure we had that, day one, we could deliver on the compatibility promise, and so I’ve been playing quite a few [Xbox 360] games on my [Xbox Series X] and Xbox One games on the [Xbox Series X] and that’s just to ensure that we can be there day one – Phil Spencer, Xbox boss
In addition to that, Achievements, friends list and more have been confirmed to be part of Xbox Series X if players do decide to upgrade to next-gen.
We want those games to be able to come forward with you but we also want your services to come with you. We want your gaming legacy to come with you, whether that’s your Gamerscore, whether that’s your friends list, all your Achievements, your game saves, all of that should come forward so there are no barriers for you as you think about moving forward. – Jason Ronald, Xbox Partner Director of Program Management
This is definitely welcome news, especially for those who’ve amassed a huge backlog of games. At least you’ll be able to finish them all on your new Xbox Series X when it launches this coming Holiday 2020.