Xbox One Compatibility Program Abandoned

Xbox One Compatibility Program Abandoned
Microsoft is now working on making games playable on next year's Project Scarlett console.

(CCM) — Microsoft is no longer working on making games developed for older consoles compatible with its current Xbox One device, the company has announced in a blog post.

"We have now shifted our focus to help make the games you love playing on Xbox One compatible with future Xbox hardware. After this week, we have no plans to add additional Original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalog on Xbox One," Jason Ronald, Microsoft's partner director of Xbox platform, wrote in the post.

The announcement coincides with the final tranche of eight games which have been ported to the Xbox One, including Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, Armed and Dangerous, and four Splinter Cell titles.

In total, over 600 titles for the original Xbox or Xbox 360 have been ported over to the Xbox One since the backward compatibility program was announced in 2015. These include iconic franchises such as Assasin's Creed, Gears of War, and Mass Effect.

Earlier this week Microsoft announced that "thousands" of games from all four generations of Xbox will be playable on its next generation Project Scarlett console which is due to be launched before the end of 2020.

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