Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles will run 'almost all' old games, Ubisoft says
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says extensive backwards compatibility "will help the the old generation to continue" for years, while Xbox boss Phil Spencer noted that he's testing the feature on Series X.
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"Those consoles will be running almost all the back catalog of the previous consoles," Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO, said when asked about the top benefits of the new consoles to players. "It will be something new in the industry, it will help the old generation to continue to be big consoles on the market in the years to come ... it will actually grow the market a lot."
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The potential of the new consoles "is really high," Guillemot added. "Players will be able to be very impressed by the quality of what those new consoles will bring to the market."
Xbox chief chief Phil Spencer told Gamertag Radio that he's taking part in the effort to compile a list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games that'll run on the Series X, CNET sister GameSpot reported on Monday.
"Not all the games today are completely compatible. We're working through our list of approved games on it. You can see what I'm playing; there's tons of games that work," he said.