Xbox One players have seen the last batch of backward compatible games they’ll get in 2018, Microsoft has revealed.
Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled a somewhat lackluster batch of Xbox backward compatible games. As it turned out, those are the final games for December, with no new games heading to the Backward Compatibility program until January 2019. Fans shouldn’t expect any holiday additions to appear over the next few weeks.
This is a pretty standard practice for Microsoft, as the company often stops releases in order to focus on the stability of its consoles during the holiday season. With many new players coming online, more resources are devoted to keeping the console’s performance and online systems stable.
While the final batch of games wasn’t much to look at, backward compatibility had a big year overall. As Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb revealed in a tweet with some statistics, over 100 new games were added to the catalogue over the course of 2018. That brings the full number of backward compatible titles to just over 550, with 57 of those being enhanced for Xbox One X.
In 2018, Team Xbox added over 100 new titles to Backward Compatibility, bringing the full catalog to over 550 games – 57 of which are Xbox One X Enhanced. We’re taking a break for the holidays, but stay tuned for more BC news in January. Until then, we’ll see you on Xbox Live!🎮 pic.twitter.com/rp4G5iILYt
— Larry Hryb. @ #TheGameAwards (@majornelson) December 5, 2018
Xbox backward compatible titles will continue to release in January 2019.