Xbox backwards compatibility is back with 76 more games!


Microsoft suspended its Xbox backwards compatibility program two years ago, but it’s coming back today for a final catalog update. To celebrate 20 years of Xbox, Microsoft will now add 76 new games (full list below) to the backwards compatibility library. It’s a surprisingly long list of additions, including the entire Max Payne series, Skate 2, Dead or Alive Ultimate, and Star Wars Jedi Knight II.

“This latest and final addition of more than 70 titles to the backwards compatibility program was only possible through passion and from community feedback”, explains Peggy Lo, leader of the Xbox Compatibility Program. “The constant requests [dos fãs do Xbox] by titles and specific enhancements encouraged the backwards compatibility team to partner with the original creators to preserve thousands of games from over four generations of Xbox.”

All first Xbox or Xbox 360 games added today will support Auto HDR on Xbox Series X/S consoles, and original Xbox games will also include a resolution boost. Xbox One X and Xbox Series X owners will see a 4x increase in resolution on the original Xbox games, with a 3x increase on the Xbox Series S and a 2x increase on the Xbox One S and Xbox One consoles.

O FPS Boost is also being enabled in 11 of the titles added today, which doubles the original frame rate to 60fps. FPS Boost is also coming in 26 backwards compatible games, including the whole franchise Gears of War, Fallout 3 e Fallout: New Vegas.

While Microsoft said two years ago that it “has no plans to add classic Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalog”, the surprise addition of 70+ games will be the last time we see new backward compatible games. “While we remain focused on preserving and enhancing the game art form, we have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games from the past into the catalog due to licensing, legal and technical restrictions,” explains Peggy Lo.

Still, the list includes classics like Ridge Racer 6 and TimeSplitters 2. Those titles alone could entice many fans of those classics to buy an Xbox Series X or Series S console to enjoy them again.

Microsoft is also releasing FPS Boost for 33 games on Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud), including Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and The Evil Within 2 .

Here is the complete list of 76 new Xbox backward compatible games arriving today:

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney Universe
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Elements of Destruction
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • F.E.A.R. Files
  • The First Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Max Payne 3
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  • MX vs. ATV Alive
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed
  • DENY
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Switchball
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time Pilot
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Piñata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

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