The Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has revealed some news about the next-generation console.
Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox console last week at The Game Awards 2019, revealing the console’s official name and design. The tech firm also revealed some of the machine’s specs including that the new console is twice as fast as the Xbox One X.
In a new interview with Gamespot this week, Phil Spencer revealed that the Xbox Series X will be backwards compatibility, allowing users to play games from the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.
In the interview, Spencer said: “We wanted to make sure we had that, day one, we could deliver on the compatibility promise, ad so I’ve been playing quite a few [Xbox 360] games on my [Xbox Series X] and Xbox One games on the [Xbox Series X] and that’s just to ensure we can be there day one.”
He continued: “There is work in ensuring compatibility across those generations. So, as you might remember, we slowed down and paused our backwards compatibility program for [Xbox 360] on Xbox One.”
In the same interview, Xbox Partner Director of Program Management Jason Ronald said: “We have thousands of games that run on Xbox One today. We want those games to be able to come forward with you but we also want your services to come with you.
“We want your gaming legacy to come with you, whether that’s your Gamerscore, whether that’s your friends list, all your Achievements, your game saves, all of that should come forward so there are no barriers for you as you think about moving forward.”
The New Xbox: Everything You Need To Know
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is scheduled to launch holiday 2020, similarly to the Xbox One which was released in November 2013 for most countries. Although the console was officially named and unveiled last week, there are still rumours that Microsoft will be releasing two consoles, the Series X and a cheaper disc-less version.
The new console, which looks like a PC desktop tower, includes the Xbox Series X controller which shares similarities with the current Xbox One controller. The new controller includes a Share button, a hybrid d-pad and is slightly smaller than the current controller.
The Xbox Series X will include a customer-designed GPU and an SSD (Solid-state drive) to boost load times. It will also support frame rates of up to 120 frames per second and, like the upcoming PlayStation 5, support up to 8K visuals and ray tracing.
Also at The Game Awards, Microsoft debuted a trailer from Ninja Theory’s upcoming game Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, one of the first games to be announced for the Xbox Series X. Other games announced for the new console include Everwild, Forza Motorsport 8, and Halo Infinite.
Microsoft still has several details to confirm about the new upcoming console including the official release date, which is rumoured to be around November 2020, and the price of the console.
Photo Credit: Microsoft
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