Almost all Xbox One games should work on Xbox Series X at launch

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What you need to know

  • Today, Microsoft revealed its vision for the future of gaming.
  • The highlight was that Project xCloud game streaming would be bundled with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
  • All non-Kinect Xbox One games will also be playable on Xbox Series X at launch.
  • The console is expected to hit retailers in Holiday 2020.

Today, Microsoft provided more details about its vision for Xbox Series X. While the highlight of the announcement was the reveal that Project xCloud game streaming would be part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, some other promises are also quite important. For example, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that the company wants to make all Xbox One games that don't require Kinect to be playable on Xbox Series X.

You can read part of the press release we received below that discusses how backward compatibility on Xbox Series X will work.

Your games will not be left behind, thanks to backward compatibility. You will be able to play four generations of games on Xbox Series X on day one. That makes it the largest launch lineup for any new console ever, with thousands of games to play. Our backward compatibility engineers have spent years devising innovative ways for modern, next-gen technology to make the games library you're building today even better, at no additional cost and with no work from developers. It's our intent for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console. And because of the unprecedented power of Xbox Series X, most of your favorite games will load faster and look and perform many times better on the new console.

For the past few months, we've known that the Xbox Series X wouldn't focus on entertainment like the Xbox One, and for those reasons, it was forgoing Kinect and HDMI-in functionality. This is just another form of confirmation. However, the bigger news has to be how all Xbox One games should work on Xbox Series X at launch, and there won't be a gradual rollout like that discussed by the competition.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

8 Comments
  • Could kinect support be added later? I know it's not anywhere near popular and been end of life for a few years, but for those of us who have one. I still love bowling.
  • Can you still get the USB adapters for them?
  • I think they are removing the software support, or am I remembering that wrong?
  • Wouldn't be surprised if they remove software support, lol all five people with kinect still probably aren't worth development and maintainance costs.
  • Amazon and ebay, but I have the adapter for my Xbox One X.
  • Also, WHY ARE GAMERS SO AGAINST ENTERTAINMENT???? It's the middle part of Nintendo...makes no sense to me 🤨
  • Xbox One w/Kinect: Our first and last gaming console. It was fun while it lasted.
  • In stark contrast to what you just said I mostly used the Kinect for non gaming functionality.