Xbox Series X will be compatible with Xbox One peripherals. Despite the increasing amount of data that both companies are recently advancing, there are still some unknowns about the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. The backward compatibility of hardware and software is one of the most repeated subjects.
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For the Xbox Series X, the answer seems to be a yes. Because modern consoles are made up out of components that can be purchased separately to create a gaming PC with very similar capabilities, backward compatibility of peripherals should not be a problem, with the real challenges focusing on the operating system, manufacturing compatibility. You need the power of the company to work with developers to create games that are optimized to run on a specific type of machine.
Xbox Series X will be compatible with Xbox One peripherals. Larry Hyrb revealed in a recent tweet that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will have a small button on the front that will activate an infrared receiver, compatible with older Xbox One remote controller. According to Hyrb, “the design team hid the infrared receiver inside the link button” for the pairing of the new generation controllers.
Xbox One Media Remotes will continue to work with Xbox Series X|S as part of our commitment that you can bring your existing accessories forward with you. The design team hid the IR receiver inside the bind button #PowerYourDreams pic.twitter.com/vNQ2FJsgRh
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) October 22, 2020
Moreover, this backward compatibility will not be limited exclusively to Microsoft’s prior products, with other companies such as Razer or Corsair having already revealed the compatibility of their existing Xbox-designed peripherals with both Xbox Series X and S consoles.
Xbox Series X will be compatible with Xbox One peripherals. According to the Taiwanese company, we will be able to continue using the Nari Ultimate and Thresher haptic headsets, the Wolverine and Atrox controllers, and even the Turret mouse and keyboard combo. As for Corsair, they’ve already advanced the compatibility of their recently announced HS75 XB wireless headphones, equipped with 50 mm neodymium drivers and Dolby Atmos space sound.
This confirms that in addition to infrared wireless compatibility, there will be no limitation to peripherals connected via USB, either by cable or by Bluetooth signal receivers or 2.4GHz waves.