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Xbox Has Confirmed It’s Committed To Backwards Compatibility For Future Generations

An entire team has been formed to make sure it happens.

After not-so-subtly revealing that it was working on a new generation of Xbox hardware with “the largest technical leap you will have ever seen in a hardware generation,” Xbox has confirmed that it’s put together a brand-new division with the key goal of ensuring game preservation across its library and the carrying-forward of existing Xbox games to “future generations of players.”

“We have formed a new team dedicated to game preservation, important to all of us at Xbox and the industry itself,” Xbox President Sarah Bond wrote in an internal memo that was shared and verified by Windows Central. “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.”

Bond also reiterated that sentiment around its work on a next-generation Xbox and the leap in technology that’s set to come with it, adding in the memo, “It’s been nearly six months since we came together as an organisation. Our collective achievements in that timeframe are tremendous. Everyone should feel incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and excited about the opportunities ahead. We are moving full speed ahead on our next generation hardware, focused on delivering the biggest technological leap ever in a generation.”

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The Verge also recently reported that, according to inside sources, Microsoft is planning a big new June showcase event where it will reveal a brand-new Gears of War game along with the next Call of Duty, as well as release dates for some upcoming key titles like Indiana Jones and Avowed. It’s probably too early to expect a full announcement of new hardware at a mid-year event but given how vocal the Xbox team is about its plans right now it wouldn’t be surprising to get at least a tease, and perhaps the reveal of that rumoured cheaper, all-digital Xbox Series X.