The battle between Xbox Series X and PS5 is shaping up to be much closer than the current-gen console war.
Not only will the next-gen Xbox reportedly cost less than the PS5, but it’s looking like it will have far greater backwards compatibility.
In a recent blog on Xbox Wire, Microsoft confirmed that thousands of classic Xbox and Xbox 360 games would be compatible with Xbox Series X at launch.
“With more than 100,000 hours of play testing already completed, thousands of games are already playable on Xbox Series X today, from the biggest blockbusters to cult classics and fan favourites,” reads a Microsoft blog post.
“Many of us in Team Xbox play on the Xbox Series X daily as our primary console and switching between generations is seamless.
“By the time we launch this holiday, the team will have spent well over 200,000 hours ensuring your game library is ready for you to jump in immediately.”
Not only will the Xbox Series X feature a huge library of backwards compatible games, but the supported titles will play better than ever before.
It’s all thanks to the “innovation in the design of the custom processor”, as well as the design of the Xbox operating system.
“Not only should gamers be able to play all of these games from the past, but they should play better than ever before,” Microsoft continues.
“Backwards compatible games run natively on the Xbox Series X hardware, running with the full power of the CPU, GPU and the SSD. No boost mode, no downclocking, the full power of the Xbox Series X for each and every backward compatible game.
“This means that all titles run at the peak performance that they were originally designed for, many times even higher performance than the games saw on their original launch platform, resulting in higher and more steady framerates and rendering at their maximum resolution and visual quality.
“Backwards compatible titles also see significant reductions in in-game load times from the massive leap in performance from our custom NVME SSD which powers the Xbox Velocity Architecture.”
It’s a huge boost for Xbox Series X pre-order customers, and a big reason why the next-gen Microsoft console could take the fight to the PS5.
The PS5 will also feature backwards compatibility, although it’s unclear to what extent.
The next-gen PlayStation will reportedly support around 100 PS4 games at launch, although the vast majority of PlayStation 4 titles will eventually be playable on the system.
Less clear is whether or not classic PlayStation games will come to the console.
Fingers crossed Sony clarifies things during next week’s PS5 State of Play reveal. Check back on June 3 for more information.
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