Although the Xbox 360 is over a decade old, several games of the classical console are available to play right now thanks to Microsoft’s backwards compatibility program. Many titles released years ago can be experienced on the Xbox One, with a select few featuring ‘enhanced Xbox One support’. These specific games utilize the stronger hardware to achieve a higher resolution, a extended colors, and “9X the original pixel count”. Today, four classical valve games join the list of Xbox One Enhanced games.
All four of these Valve releases are now available to play at a higher resolution. The Microsoft backward compatibility program currently supports over 500 games, and the list continues to grow. 21 of those titles, including Red Dead Redemption, Skate 3, and the Valve games listed above, are Enhanced for the Xbox One X.
“Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community,” says Microsoft in today’s announcement. “Preserving gaming classics is part of the Backward Compatibility DNA, which is why Xbox One is the only console designed to play the best games of the past, present, and future.”
The Xbox backward compatibility feature is highly appreciated among the community, and is possibly one of the reasons why we might see Sony explore the same route in the upcoming PlayStation 5. The latest titles to receive Xbox One X Enhanced versions are one of the highest-rated Valve games of their time. Hopefully, Microsoft continues with the trend and keeps on feeding the nostalgia of long time gamers.