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FPS Boost Branches Over To Support Xbox Backwards Compatible Titles For Xbox 360 With 30+ New Additions

While keeping an eye at some of the explicit hints being made for the then-approaching Xbox Anniversary Celebration livestream *ahem* Halo TV series & Halo Infinite multiplayer, there was also speculation for more to come in terms of legacy releases for Xbox. Previously in a report from TrueAchievements, claims suggested more backwards compatibility titles will be released on Monday.

Additionally, eagle-eyed Twitter users uncovered an abundance of listings for Xbox/Xbox 360 titles coming soon which includes Red Dead Revolver. Manhunt, Max Payne 1 – 3, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. However, there is also hope FPS Boost will make an appearance as well. The last addition came with Dark Souls 3 back in July in a solo update before.

During the presentation, Microsoft announced that legacy titles will now be welcoming FPS Boost to Xbox 360 starting on Monday. In that, 30+ titles from that era of Xbox now support up to 60 frames per second. You can read the full list below:

Alan Wake
Assassin’s Creed
Binary Domain
Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
Darksiders
Dead Space 2
Dead Space 3
Disney’s Chicken Little
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age II
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. 3
Fable Anniversary
Fable III
Fallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Far Cry 3
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Gears of War: Judgment
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Kameo: Elements of Power
Lego The Lord of the Rings
Medal of Honor: Airborne
Mirror’s Edge
Nier
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Rock of Ages
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic Generations
Sonic Unleashed
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment

Microsoft goes on to press that Xbox backwards compatible titles will also support resolution enhancements based on your platform: “4x resolution increase on Xbox Series X and Xbox One X; 3x resolution increase on Xbox Series S; 2x resolution increase on Xbox One S and Xbox One,” Xbox Compatibility Program Lead Peggy Lo writes.

Not only is Xbox 360 titles receiving FPS Boost, but also xCloud titles as well. No more will this feature only be unique to console, but also cloud streaming as well. We already witnessed Microsoft implementing console-exclusive features for other platforms with auto-HDR coming to PC with Windows 11 in the past.

You can read the full list of FPS Boost xCloud titles below:

Battlefield 4
Beholder Complete Edition
Dishonored Definitive Edition
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Origins
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Evil Within 2
Fable Anniversary
Fable III
Fallout 3
Fallout 4
Fallout 76
Fallout: New Vegas
The Gardens Between
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Gears of War 4
Gears of War: Judgment
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Halo Wars 2
Kameo: Elements of Power
MotoGP 20
My Friend Pedro
My Time at Portia
Prey
ReCore
Shadow Warrior 2
Steep
Titanfall 2
Two Point Hospital
Wasteland 3
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Elsewhere during the presentation, the Xbox company showcased more than 70 titles from Xbox & Xbox 360 make its way to the Xbox backwards compatibility initiative. However, this marks that last and final increment of titles, the firm confirms. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you happy with more FPS Boost titles hitting Xbox Series consoles?

Source: Xbox Wire

New Claims Suggest Plans For More Xbox Backwards Compatible Titles To Release This November

When kicking off the newest console generation for Microsoft, Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S, the company promised to deliver on its continued campaign for backwards compatibility with “thousands” of titles said to be readied for launch, Director of Program Management Jason Ronald told then. It was in a later statement from Ronald once more that the team is investigating new avenues for more game to be supported.

While there is hope on new games to be added, Microsoft has shelved the initiative in 2019 in preparation for the new console generation then. But, it was this year that Microsoft went on to reveal that Xbox 360 and Original Xbox titles will be available on xCloud – likely what Ronald was referencing. Now, players sit in anticipation for a new lineup to come to the program.

In a statement from Xbox Era co-founder @Shpeshal_Nick on Twitter, there is a chance more games will hit the service this November. He determines the release window for Xbox’s 20th birthday and shared that the game in question were datamined recently.

Over at TrueAcheivements, the outlet goes on to list which titles in particular are suspected to be included come next month. Those release are: Dead Or Alive 3, Dead Or Alive Ultimate, Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers, Gladius, Gunvalkyrie, Advent Rising, and Chicken Little. For the projected games, there is no details on more games from the Xbox 360 era nor information on more additions to xCloud as of writing.

According to a recent discovery from Digital Foundry, it is learned that the backend for Xbox backwards compatibility received a silent update. Upon retesting Remedy Entertainment’s Control, it is discovered that many of the issues with the game was resolved. But, the developer was not involved with that remedy. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you interested in seeing more games coming to Xbox backwards compatibility?

New Original Xbox backwards compatible titles have appeared ahead of Microsoft's Inside Xbox stream

Microsoft is soon set to unveil a “big update” surround original Xbox backward compatibility for Xbox One, as a part of its monthly gaming news show, Inside Xbox. It’s set to air at 6:30 PM ET on April 10, and many of us expect a new wave of compatible titles for the system.
With a few hours to go until an official announcement, new Xbox Marketplace listings have begun surfacing via the Xbox.com. New pages for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Destroy All Humans, MX Unleashed and Full Spectrum Warrior have been published, ahead of the impending announcement.
There’s a chance this isn’t the final list of new titles hitting backward compatibility soon – many original Xbox titles are already listed on the Xbox Marketplace from the Xbox 360 era.
There could be more announcements such as a Crackdown 3 release date as Phil Spencer said we were close to an announcement of that. We’ll have to wait and see.
 

Nearly 4 Dozen Games To Be Delisted From Xbox 360 Store, Purchase For Backwards Compatible Consoles To Remain

Now two console generations later, the Xbox 360 is still considered the most renowned system from Microsoft. Even as the Xbox Series consoles are beginning to deliver on unique hitters with Hi-Fi Rush and Starfield & Redfall on the way, Xbox 360 is still a prominent player a decade after. Especially when FPS Boost shipped for select titles, returning to beloved titles became even more of a reason to experience that generation once more.

Microsoft even acknowledges this in 2022. At the time, the firm released a selection of classic Xbox 360 gamer pictures reworked for the new Xbox systems. So your same identity from the 360 days still resonates in the 2020s. Additionally, Xbox 360 did get hit hard this fall as well. In that, the platform was scratched from Xbox Games with Gold in October only limiting the monthly update to two titles per month now.

In a new discovery via Xbox Support, roughly four dozen titles will be delisted from the Xbox 360 marketplace starting February 7th. You can read the full list below:

Aegis Wing
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed III
Assassin’s Creed IV
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
Blood of the Werewolf
Blue Dragon
Breakdown
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Castle Crashers
Cloning Clyde
Counter-Strike: GO
Dark Souls
Darksiders II
DAYTONA USA
Defense Grid
Eets: Chowdown
Far Cry 2
Final Fight: Double Impact
Iron Brigade
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
Jet Set Radio
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
LIMBO
Lost Odyssey
Mass Effect 2
MONOPOLY DEAL
Mutant Blobs Attack
N+
Outpost Kaloki X
Peggle 2
Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
Prince of Persia
R.U.S.E.
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
Skate 2
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Spelunky
SplinterCellConviction
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars KOTOR 2
The Orange Box
The Raven Episode 1
The Witcher 2

Noted, some confusion was drawn from the announcement initially. When outlets brought the topic to attention, the matter was that Microsoft would be delisting the listed games for good – that including the latter Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Store. However, that is not the case according to one statement Gematsu received. One sign of this significance is that Jet Set Radio, a game not offered for backwards compatibility, is being delisted.

“Beginning on February 7, 2023, a limited set of games, add-ons, and in-game content will no longer be purchasable in select markets via the Xbox 360 Store. These titles will no longer be purchasable on the Xbox 360 Store only, and titles that are available to be purchased on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Stores will remain purchasable. You will still be able to play discs or previously downloaded games on your Xbox 360 and modern consoles if they are backwards compatible titles,” the statement reads.

So while the newer backwards compatible consoles are safe for now, Microsoft still has work to improve this system. Last year, the Xbox firm finally enabled offline play for all Xbox One titles nearly a decade after the system’s release. But, legacy Xbox 360 titles & original Xbox games are still voided from this currently. You can read the full report by heading here.

Which game on this list is your favorite from the Xbox 360?

Source: Microsoft

Rockstar Game Lists Backwards Compatible Games Coming To PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X|S

Of course, as we continue to welcome the new wave of consoles – Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 – the question continues to grow as to what games will and will not be playable on the platform. While backwards compatibility is a priority this generation from both Microsoft and Sony, there are still a threshold of titles that are not to be supported.

For Xbox, Microsoft tells that over thousands of games are to be available divided between each generation of Xbox, however, Kinect-supported games are to be negated from the equation. On Sony’s PlayStation, there are just close to a dozen games that will not be playable coming November 12/November 19 later this month.

Regardless, majority of those game will be eligible including the glowing library of games from Rockstar Games. In a new blog post, the firm lists what games will be transitioning over to the next-generation of systems. You can read the full lineup in the list below:

PlayStation 5

Bully
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto V
Manhunt
Max Payne
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
Red Dead Revolver
Red Dead Redemption II
The Warriors

Xbox Series X|S

Bully: Scholarship Edition
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto V
Midnight Club: Los Angeles
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption II
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis

As for the most anticipated Grand Theft Auto V & Red Dead Redemption II, Rockstar Games confirms progress from both GTA Online as well as Red Dead Online will carry over to the next-generation of systems. Similarly, the same can also be said for the lineup of supported Electronic Arts titles that are backwards compatible. The firm does list some titles to receive enhancements from the newer hardware, but it varies based on the game.

More so, Ubisoft also provided a list on next-gen titles that are available on both platforms. For the sake of the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, the publisher lists the resolution and framerate upgrades for its games. You can read the full report by heading here.

Which of the mentioned Rockstar Games’ titles are you most excited to replay on newer hardware?

Source: Rockstar Newswire

Xbox Series S Confirmed To Withhold 4K Enhancements For Backwards Compatible Titles

Microsoft after a brief campaign of leaks this week owned up to the discussion and officially revealed then-codenamed Project Lockhart, Xbox Series S. The console, as you can suspect from its stature, is a cost-efficient SKU that opens a broader entry point for interested consumers looking to dabble in the Xbox platform. And while the hardware is presented smaller than its towering sibling, it does push more than you would first presume.

Part of its public reveal, Microsoft shared that the new system is comprised of similar technological components you would find in the Xbox Series X already. But given that the unit does lack in scale to the Xbox Series X GPU, the console can still offer 1440p with 60 frames per second. Even going as far to potentially meet 120 frames per second, there is more under the hood to offer.

Howbeit, that looks to slim down when it comes to backwards compatibility. In that, features that you would find on Xbox One X and the more intuitive Xbox Series X will not be provided on the Xbox Series S. The discovery comes from Gamespew where Microsoft offered a statement on its performance for prior generation titles.

Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next generation console and play next generation games at 1440P at 60fps. To deliver the highest quality backwards compatible experience consistent with the developer’s original intent, the Xbox Series S runs the Xbox One S version of backward compatible games while applying improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times and Auto HDR.

Even though the newer yet smaller console still outperforms its predecessors, the features for 4K support through backwards compatible emulation is cut. But despite the setback, Microsoft does confirm that better load times, increased framerates, and upscaled resolution is still found on Xbox Series S. That including the HDR support for older entries that Microsoft amplified earlier this year.

On the discussion of HDR for the coming Xbox family, Dolby announced that its in-house 3D graphical enhancing initiative Dolby Vision will be shipping to the new console sometime in 2021. The firm also shared that Dolby Atmos, its 3D audio project, is also arriving to the coming systems at launch in November. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you bothered that Xbox Series S won’t offer 4K support for backwards compatible properties?

Xbox Series S is scheduled to release on November 10, 2020.

Source: Gamespew

Microsoft Frames “Thousands” Of Backwards Compatible Titles To Be Supported For Xbox Series X At Launch

With Microsoft being accustomed to supporting the addition of backwards compatibility for a good chunk of this generation on Xbox One, it came as a surprise when the firm revealed to be halting operations for more titles to be added to the list from prior generations. The company shared that bridging more games to the newer system would be halted in anticipation for the approaching new console so the entries we currently enjoy would be there when the new hardware launches.

If you recall from a previous update on the upcoming Xbox Series X, Microsoft went to share that backwards compatibility would be enroute for the next-generation system. But, the company did so by sharing that each supported title will be optimized through its hardware to support HDR without needing additional input from the game’s respected development team.

Now today, Microsoft has returned to discuss more about backwards compatibility. The firm now shares that there are “thousands” of titles being primed for the Xbox Series X lather this holiday season. Microsoft shares this when telling that the tests run on titles for the coming system has been exceeding expectations.

With more than 100,000 hours of play testing already completed, thousands of games are already playable on Xbox Series X today, from the biggest blockbusters to cult classics and fan favorites. Many of us in Team Xbox play on the Xbox Series X daily as our primary console and switching between generations is seamless. By the time we launch this holiday, the team will have spent well over 200,000 hours ensuring your game library is ready for you to jump in immediately.

Jason Ronald, Xbox Series X Director of Program Management

While we are aware of some aspects of what this new iteration of backwards compatibility can produce, there are new details that have been spared that were not told previously. One being that thanks to the overwhelming power for the Xbox Series X, some titles have experienced framerates that were not seen on its original hardware.

Microsoft also emphasizes that this is implemented through raw hardware with no boost mode or other implementations to increase performance. With that being said, load times are also stated to be expecting drastically less wait time thanks to the new capabilities on the next-generation unit.

Another addition is that Quick Resume will be supported for backwards compatible titles now. While we have experienced the feature for Xbox One titles, prior generation games were faced with reloading each time you turn off your console. “Quick Resume enables players to resume exactly where they left off, across multiple titles, ensuring gamers can get right back to the fun in an instant.”

What backwards compatible games do you hope to see launch for Xbox Series X?

Xbox Series X is slated for a holiday 2020 launch.

Source: Xbox Wire   

Backwards Compatible Xbox 360 Games Get New Cases

One of the Xbox One’s best features is backwards compatibility, and now Xbox 360 games are even getting new boxes! Microsoft is re-releasing backwards compatible games in new cases that look like the ones Xbox One games come in, with a label that says “Plays on Xbox One & Xbox 360”. Backwards compatibility has been a huge marketing point for the Xbox One, especially when competing with the PlayStation 4. These new boxes are a great way to advertise the feature and bring in more revenue and exposure for older games!

New 360 Cases

Left 4 Dead 2 joins the Xbox One Backwards Compatible library.

It was just revealed by Major Nelson that Left 4 Dead 2 has joined the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility list.  Left 4 Dead 2 is a single-player and multiplayer co-operative survival horror FPS game developed by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to Left 4 Dead, it was first announced June 1st 2009 by Valve Corporation.
Once again this is a great game to come to the BC list for Xbox One. Microsoft is adding terrific games to it and here is the updated list:

Geometry Wars Evolved is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One

Another Xbox 360 game is now already playable on the Xbox One. Major Nelson said in a tweet earlier that the game is now available on the Xbox One.
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This exclusive arcade live game features the original Retro version and the once new Evolved mode. Geometry Wars if you don’t know is a 2d-shooter, which has you face off against hundreds of enemies. The goal: survive as long as you can.
The game is priced at $4.99.

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