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Square Enix plans to make its new games available for both current and next-gen consoles

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Square Enix has shared its plans to make all of its upcoming new games compatible for both current and next-gen consoles. 

In an outline of financial results held on February 5, 2020 (opens in new tab), president and representative director Yosuke Matsuda responded to a question relating to the development of new titles for current and next-generation game consoles going forward. 

Matsuda said, "The next-generation consoles will have backward compatibility, so we plan for the time being to make our new titles available for both current and next-generation consoles. It will therefore be somewhat farther down the road that we release titles exclusively for the next-generation consoles." 

The Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) and PS5 (opens in new tab) are both currently slated for a release in holiday 2020. The Xbox Series X backwards compatibility (opens in new tab) is set to continue to enable players to tuck into Xbox One games on the new hardware. Happily it doesn't just stop at Xbox One games, though. 

In a recent post on Xbox Wire from head of Xbox's Phil Spencer (opens in new tab), we got confirmation that the Xbox Series X will give you the ability to play four generations of Xbox games, with compatibility for Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, along with the next-gen. 

Similarly, the PS5 is set to include backwards compatibility for PS4 games, so you'll still be able to play current-gen titles if you invest in Sony's next-gen machine. So far there haven't been too many confirmed exclusive games for either next-gen console, with the exception of the next-gen "looter-slasher" Godfall (opens in new tab), which has been confirmed for PS5 and PC. 

With plenty of exciting Square Enix games on the horizon such as Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Marvel's Avengers (opens in new tab), and Outriders (opens in new tab), it's great to see the studio plans to make its upcoming titles compatible on as many consoles as possible. 

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Heather Wald
Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.