Unless you were watching the Xbox E3 2019 press conference very carefully, you might have missed just how awesome the Xbox Project Scarlett backwards compatibility will be. Microsoft announced that Xbox Project Scarlett will arrive at the end of 2020, but it also teased just how far back its support for backwards compatibility will reach.
Microsoft stated in its conference that Xbox Project Scarlett will support games from all four generations of Xbox consoles, which means original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games as well as next-gen games.
In a behind-closed-doors meeting at E3 2019, Microsoft's Dan McCulloch confirmed this to GamesRadar:
"All of your current games will be forward compatible to play on Scarlett, and will look the best on Scarlett," explained McCulloch.
That means that all Xbox One games, plus all the Xbox 360 and original Xbox games currently available via Xbox One backwards compatibility, will also be playable on Xbox Project Scarlett. We've already seen how the Xbox One backwards compatibility tech can liven up old games with smoother visuals, and given the Xbox Project Scarlett specs, it should be able to ramp that up even further. You can only do so much to old games, obviously, but the implications for Xbox One games are tantalizing.
In any case, Xbox Project Scarlett backwards compatibility should make for quite the gaming library when it launches in 2020, so prepare yourself for some serious gaming sessions.
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