Phil Spencer Discusses 4K App Support, Picture to Picture Mode, and Backward Compatibility for Xbox One

The future is bright for the Xbox One on the services and features front.

Posted By | On 20th, Nov. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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The Xbox One had a rough year through most of 2017, but it has managed to come back strong thanks to the triumphant launch of the excellent Xbox One X. Xbox is now in a good place- its fanbase is rallied, the hardware is best on the market, its strides in the services category have been second to none.

Speaking about one of those services – backward compatibility, the crown jewel in Microsoft’s Xbox offering, Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox department, said on Twitter that in spite of a slowdown in the volume of new backward compatibility releases in the Holiday season, more games are coming, also slipping in a comment about forward compatibility for games- could Spencer be serious about a continuous Xbox platform, without discrete generations?

Spencer also talked about the apps on the Xbox One, and whether or not they will be updated to support 4K resolutions, at least for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Spencer confirmed that it is something he wants, but he didn’t give a definitive answer either way; what he did give a definitive answer on was picture to picture, confirming that Microsoft is not focused on this at the moment; while he admitted this might be something that happens at some point in the future, he did state that for now, this was not on the cards.

So there you have it, folks- it looks like, on the services and features front, the Xbox’s future is secured. Now to see what kinds of games are further added to the system via the backward compatibility list…

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