Since its initial unveiling back in 2015, the Xbox One's backward compatibility initiative has remained one of the console's differentiating features. Allowing select Xbox 360, and more recently original Xbox titles, to be played on Xbox One hardware, the program has revived hundreds of games for the current generation.
While a steady flow of backward compatible titles has been delivered over recent months, it now appears releases are coming to an end. As announced on Twitter by Director of Programming at Xbox, Larry Hryb, the backward compatibility team is winding down activity for the holidays, with no new titles on track until 2018.
After releasing 136 Xbox 360, 13 Original Xbox & 7 enhanced Xbox 360 titles in 2017, the Xbox One Backward Compatibility team is taking some time off for the holidays. Releases resume after New Year. Thank you for all of your support this year! https://t.co/sBz55GfVF4 pic.twitter.com/u5X7k8JnqjAfter releasing 136 Xbox 360, 13 Original Xbox & 7 enhanced Xbox 360 titles in 2017, the Xbox One Backward Compatibility team is taking some time off for the holidays. Releases resume after New Year. Thank you for all of your support this year! https://t.co/sBz55GfVF4 pic.twitter.com/u5X7k8Jnqj— Larry Hryb 🇺🇦 (@majornelson) December 4, 2017December 4, 2017
Alongside the announcement, it was also confirmed that 136 Xbox 360 games have made an appearance on Xbox One this year via backward compatibility. Original Xbox backward compatibility also made its arrival in October with 13 games, and 7 titles were also enhanced for Microsoft's latest flagship console, the Xbox One X. With this, over 400 backward compatible games are now playable on Xbox One, spanning three generations of console hardware.
With the team making a return early next year, it shouldn't be too long until a new drop of titles is here. Microsoft previously announced that more original Xbox titles would come in the new year, and more Xbox 360 games are expected in the months to come. Which games would you like to see hit the backward compatibility program? Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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