Many gamers love to replay older titles from time to time, and backward compatibility has been quite important for Microsoft in recent years. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will come with the ability to play a vast number of Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox titles.
However, there are some major differences between the way in which the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S will handle backwards compatibility, and it is important to take them into account before you decide which console you wish to buy.
Optimized for performance
Along with the release of the Xbox One X Microsoft has also released optimized versions of more than 70 Xbox and Xbox 360 titles. These versions look better and are considerably smoother on the Xbox One X, while also featuring increased resolutions up to 4K.
The Xbox Series S will be limited to running the Xbox One S version of these titles, which contains improved textures, improved framerates, and shorter lead times. While the news might be disappointing the Xbox Series S is weaker than the Xbox One X, so the decision is justified.
Full speed on the Series X
In the case of Xbox Series X, there is no need to worry as backward-compatible titles will take advantage of the additional power to provide a selection of performance and graphics improvements. The console will also be able to upscale the resolution of select titles.
The two upcoming consoles will also offer shorter times thanks to the use of an SSD storage solution. Gamers will also enjoy a new feature called Quick Resume, which allows players to pause games, swap to other games, and return to the paused titles exactly where they left off.
Priced at $299 and $499, the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will hit the market on September 22.