76 new titles are available through Microsoft’s Xbox Backward Compatibility Program

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All original Xbox or Xbox 360 games added today will support Auto HDR on Xbox Series X/S consoles, and original Xbox games will also include resolution boost. Xbox One X and Xbox Series X owners will get a 4x increase in resolution for the original Xbox game, a 3x increase on Xbox Series S, and a 2x increase on Xbox One S and Xbox One consoles. FPS Boost will also be enabled on 11 titles added today, doubling the original frame rate up to 60 fps. FPS boosts are also coming today to 26 existing backward-compatible games, including the entire Gears of War franchise, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas.

Microsoft put the Xbox backwards compatibility program on hold two years ago, but it’s back today for the final update to the catalog. Today, in honor of Xbox’s 20th anniversary, Microsoft is adding 76 new games (full list below) to its backward compatibility library. An amazingly long list of additions, including the entire Max Payne series, Skate 2, Dead or Alive Ultimate, Star Wars Jedi Knight II, and more. Peggy Lo, Head of Xbox Compatibility Program, said: “[Xbox fan]’s constant demand for certain titles and enhancements has encouraged the Backwards Compatibility team to work with the original developers to maintain thousands of games across her four generations of Xbox.”

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  • Still, the list includes classics like Ridge Racer 6 and TimeSplitters 2. These titles alone will make many fans of these classics buy an Xbox Series X or Series S console to enjoy them again. Microsoft is also rolling out his FPS boost to 33 games including Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and The Evil Within 2 on Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud). A complete list of xCloud Boost games can be found here.

  • A complete list of FPS boosting titles can be found here. Two years ago, Microsoft said it had “no plans to add more original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to its catalog,” but the surprise addition of over 70 games will see new backwards-compatible games. “While we continue to focus on maintaining and improving the art form of our games, licensing, legal and technical restrictions limit our ability to add past new games to our catalog,” Peggy Lo said. You’ve reached your limit.

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