Microsoft Details Backwards-Compatibility and 'Quick Resume' for the Xbox Series X

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Microsoft has played (most of) its hand, revealing a suite of details about the Xbox Series X. In an announcement this afternoon, Phil Spencer offered information on everything from the new console's specs to its backwards compatibility.

There are a few headline features, including a Quick Resume feature, which allows you to "continue multiple games from a suspended state almost instantly, returning you to where you were and what you were doing, without waiting through long loading screens." Microsoft also says the new console will offer "support for up to 120 fps".

When it comes to backwards compatibility, Microsoft says that games from all four generations of Xbox will have faster load times and improved resolution, without any extra work from developers. Bringing titles between generations will also be easier, as devs can opt into a Smart Delivery system allowing players to buy a copy of a game for Xbox One, without having to buy that same game again on the new console.

It's big talk from Microsoft, but that's not all. Importantly, these details have arrived before Sony could reveal more about the PS5. Even more importantly, however, there's still no word on price, meaning Xbox's biggest competitor could still be struggling to set a price point, even with a reveal expected imminently.