Xbox Series X can play all Xbox One games, except they use Kinect

Xbox Series X can play all Xbox One games, except they use Kinect

121 - Microsoft confirmed today that the Xbox Series X console will not support existing Kinect accessories or Xbox One games made specifically for Kinect. In a blog post outlining Microsoft's commitment to the upcoming Xbox Series X console, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed the Kinect game would not be supported.

“It’s our intent for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console,” said Spencer. “And because of the unprecedented power of Xbox Series X, most of your favorite games will load faster and look and perform many times better on the new console.”

Microsoft has previously been clear about supporting existing Xbox One games, including backward compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games on Xbox Series X. However, the lack of Kinect support is still new. “There’s no way for Kinect to work,” confirms Spencer. The back of the Xbox Series X, like the Xbox One X, does not include a special Kinect port, and Microsoft will not support the Kinect USB Adapter which was discontinued in 2018 after turning off Kinect in 2017.

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While Spencer isn't explicitly committed to every Xbox One game that works on Xbox Series X, it's clear that the majority will, and the words "intent" are there just in case there are rare exceptions. “Our backward compatibility engineers have spent years devising innovative ways for modern, next-gen technology to make the games library you’re building today even better, at no additional cost and with no work from developers,” said Spencer.

The rest of Spencer's blog post feels like Microsoft is highlighting its different approach to the next generation console, with some fine digging on competitors like Sony. “The Xbox Elite Controller and Xbox Adaptive Controller all work on Xbox Series X, so you don’t have to purchase new controllers,” Spencer wrote in a blog post sent to press ahead of the announcement. “Unlike others, we believe that your investments in gaming should move with you into the next generation.” Upon publication on Microsoft’s site, “unlike others” was removed from the post.

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Spencer also said Microsoft would not "force" people to upgrade the console to get exclusive Xbox games. “Xbox Game Studios titles we release in the next couple of years — like Halo Infinite — will be available and play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One,” says Spencer. “We won’t force you to upgrade to Xbox Series X at launch to play Xbox exclusives.”

Microsoft is now planning to hold an Xbox games event on July 23rd. Next week’s event will be a showcase for the Halo Infinite campaign other games coming to the Xbox Series X.

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