Microsoft announced its next console, Project Scarlett, at E3 2019 this week, but as it looks to the future, it's scrapping its backwards compatibility programme.
The Xbox One Backward Compatibility programme was introduced in 2015 and now features over 600 titles from OG Xbox and Xbox 360. The programme will continue on Project Scarlett, but Microsoft is now focusing its efforts on making sure we can all play our favourite Xbox One games on the console, so after this last batch of titles from OG Xbox and the 360, there will be no more.
"We’ve listened closely to community feedback and respect the game libraries you’ve built throughout the last 18 years. That’s why we’re taking our work a step further and announced this week that thousands of games from all four generations will be playable on Project Scarlett," reads the blog post by Jason Ronald, partner director of Xbox platform.
"As such, we have now shifted our focus to help make the games you love playing on Xbox One compatible with future Xbox hardware. After this week, we have no plans to add additional Original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalogue on Xbox One, but we’re excited to continue our work on Xbox compatibility across platforms and devices, which remains a top priority."
The final collection of games heading to the programme includes the following OG Xbox titles along with a selection of DLC:
- Armed and Dangerous
- Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
- Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
- Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict
The following Xbox 360 titles are also available, and we're stoked to see Enslaved: Odyssey to the West make the cut:
- Asura’s Wrath
- Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
- Enchanted Arms
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
- Far Cry Classic
- Far Cry Instincts Predator
- Infinite Undiscovery
- Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
- Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Too Human
- Unreal Tournament III
And here are the titles that are getting Xbox One X enhanced updates:
- Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
- Kameo Elements of Power
- Perfect Dark
- Perfect Dark Zero
- Viva Piñata
- Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
The final cherry on top is the addition of Too Human to the Backward Compatibility catalogue that will be a free download for everyone. You can read all the new details about Project Scarlett and xCloud right here.