Is Xbox Series X backward compatible?

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Is Xbox Series X backward compatible?

Best answer: Yes. Any games that you can currently play on your Xbox One, you'll be able to play on the Xbox Series X. Xbox is committed to carrying forward everything that Xbox fans love, and that includes the games they are currently playing.Start playing today: Xbox One X Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order bundle (opens in new tab) ($349 at Amazon)Build your gaming collection: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (opens in new tab) ($45 at Amazon)

Will Xbox Series X be backward compatible?

At E3 2019, Xbox shared that the backward compatibility program was shifting and the team was focusing on making sure that every game you're currently playing on your Xbox One will be playable on Xbox Series X (then referred to as Project Scarlett).

Further confirmation came from Phil Spencer's post (opens in new tab) on the official Xbox website announcing Xbox Series X. In it, Phil Spencer stated that Xbox Series X will support "thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming," so you don't need to worry about a game on your Xbox One not being compatible. Jason Ronald, Director of Product Management at Xbox, has confirmed that Xbox One discs will be backward compatible.

What about my controllers?

All of your Xbox controllers and headsets will also be compatible with Xbox Series X, so if you've invested a lot of money into different controllers like the Elite Series 2, don't worry, you'll still be able to use on the next console. Your game saves will also carry forward, so you can stop playing a game on your current console and pick up right where you left off on Xbox Series X. For more information, we've compiled everything we know about Xbox Series X right here.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.