20 years of Xbox: Microsoft adds classics to the backward compatibility library

In celebration of Xbox’s 20th anniversary, Microsoft announced the addition of 70+ Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games to the backward compatibility library on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X. This is an update to the backward compatibility program for Xbox after the company put it on hold two years ago.

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The Redmond-based tech giant’s additions to the backward compatibility include Skate 2, the entire Max Payne series, Star Wars Jedi Knight II, and Dead or Alive Ultimate. “At Xbox, we believe in celebrating gaming and preserving its legacy… Since 2015, the backward compatibility program for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S has made it possible for gamers around the globe to discover and replay thousands of games spanning our 20-year history,” Xbox Compatibility Program Lead Peggy Lo wrote in a blog post.

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The entire Max Payne series and the F.E.A.R. franchise are now playable on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles for the very first time. The entire Skate franchise is now complete with the addition of Skate 2 and playable on both Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles.

Together, we’ve celebrated our passion for incredible games and proven the importance of preserving our legacy for future generations of gamers. By empowering players to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they want regardless of where they were originally created, we continue to enable new generations of gamers to experience great games and franchises from the past,” Peggy Lo added.

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The company also made Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta available for everyone. “As a thank you to the Xbox community for 20 years of support, 343 Industries launched the free-to-play Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta and Season 1 three weeks early, available starting now for all players on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC. It will also be available via Xbox Cloud Gaming starting later today,” Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief wrote in a blog post.

The company enabled FPS Boost for 11 of the titles added under 20th-anniversary celebrations and 26 more titles from the existing library. The company announced the launch games Age of Empires IVForza Horizon 5, and Halo Infinite in December.