Xbox has established a game preservation and backwards compatibility team

by Danny Craig  · 
Xbox has established a game preservation and backwards compatibility team

Xbox president Sarah Bond has formed a new team dedicated to video game preservation and making older titles playable on future Xbox systems.

The details:

  • As reported by Windows Central, Bond reaffirms the Xbox team's commitment to future hardware and plans to "future-proof" the Xbox library in an internal memo to staff. “We have formed a new team dedicated to game preservation, important to all of us at Xbox and the industry itself,” Bond wrote. “We are building on our strong history of delivering backwards compatibility to our players, and we remain committed to bringing forward the amazing library of Xbox games for future generations of players to enjoy.”

  • Writing about Xbox's future hardware plans, Bond confirmed that the company is still working on developing its next-generation console, which will aim to provide the "biggest technological leap ever in a generation." During the Xbox Podcast in February, Bond previously claimed that Xbox's next system will be "the largest technical leap" players have ever seen.

  • According to Windows Central sources, more information about the new team and its plans may be revealed during Xbox's Summer Showcase in June.

  • Game preservation has become a major industry concern, with the Video Game History Foundation reporting that 87% of games released before 2010 are no longer officially available. With the closure of stores and online services for older systems, many games are no longer available to the majority, if not all, of players.

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