Yes, Even the Original Xbox
The Xbox team has recently announced that Project Scarlett will have backward compatibility with all previous Xbox consoles. The Original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One will all have games that are playable on the Scarlett. It is unclear how many games on the Xbox 360 or Original Xbox will be playable. Microsoft has confirmed that every game that has been released for the Xbox One will be playable. But this is not the case for the Xbox 360 or Original Xbox. It is likely that major franchises of the older Xbox’s will on there. The Halo’s and Gears of War series should be playable on the Scarlett for instance. There currently are an impressive amount of Xbox 360 games that are playable on the Xbox One. So heavily expanding on that feature for the Scarlett seems par for the course.
Having backward compatibility for games is a somewhat common feature nowadays, Microsoft has flirted with pushing things a bit further. The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has expressed interest in making old accessories function with the Scarlett too. Things like the Kinect, old controllers, and even past headsets are all on the table.
However, even though the new Xbox will be backward compatible with older games, there is no word that there will be cross-platform capabilities like the PS4 and PS5 are supposed to offer. This feature has really taken the center stage for the next generation of consoles. A feature that was somewhat of a cute novelty has become a major selling point for future gaming platforms.
Regardless, we will have to all wait and see how these massive promises pan out in the months to come. Christmas 2020 is a long way away.
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