Watch: YouTuber System Links Four Generations Of Xbox Consoles For A Game Of Crimson Skies

Posted on December 16, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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To the general avid player, video games and the standard it is now is day & night compared to preceding hardware now decades before. Not only did games evolve in the sense for appearance, structure, and the technologies that better amplify the message of recognized entries. But how we play together as well. Since the dawn of the new millennium, Microsoft welcomed the System Link feature which integrated online play without the necessity of reliable internet.

Simply hardwire the selection of systems and you are all playing together. And this became the standard for the time until internet became more accessible allowing users to play online without needing to set up a lan. But despite that, Microsoft still decided to support the feature almost two decades later.

YouTuber Modern Vintage Gamer tells that in a recent video where he showcases the feature still being utilized in 2020. On the newest Xbox Series S, he system links with 2013’s Xbox One, 2005’s Xbox 360, and 2001’s Xbox. You can watch the video below:

To test this, the YouTuber used Zipper Interactive’s Crimson Skies as all four systems linked together to form a four-player match. Of course, the game is a unique release to the original Xbox so the game is running on disc for the eldest device. The same is also for Xbox 360 & Xbox One – though, it is being processed via backwards compatibility on the systems respectively. For Xbox Series S, he purchased a copy for the game digitally to play.

He then joined the lobby on each console and started the game. And as you would expect through an online match, the YouTuber is able to control each plane in-game and did not face any issues upon the duration of the match. Almost twenty years since the release of the first Xbox, Microsoft still enables support for its hardware to play with its predecessors.

For Modern Vintage Gamer, he is also recognized for his work unearthing Game Cube emulation in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars game which released earlier this September. While there is no route determining what Nintendo will do next with the implementation, it is a glowing sign more nostalgic classics could be on the way. You can read the full report by heading here.

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