Backward compatible games that play better on Xbox Series S

Oldies can still be goodies.

If you follow Xbox news, you’re likely well aware that the Xbox Series X is a monster. It has a slew of new titles that run at high resolutions and frame rates. It can run older Xbox One X-enhanced games even better than that console could. But what about the Xbox Series S? Which games get some benefit from Microsoft’s other next-gen console?

The Xbox Series S does have one trick up its sleeve when it comes to older games. It may not be able to run the Xbox One X version of a release, but it does apply enhancements to select O.G. Xbox and Xbox 360 games. In the titles below, you’ll likely see higher resolutions (up to 1440p) and potentially higher frame rates along with some other tweaks. The Series S isn’t near as powerful as the Series X, but it’s a pretty killer back-compat machine.

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Black
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • Crackdown
  • Darksiders
  • Dead to Rights
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable 2
  • Fable 3
  • Fallout 3
  • Final Fantasy 13
  • Final Fantasy 13-2
  • Forza Horizon
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Halo 3
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Ninja Gaiden 2
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction 2
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Skate 3
  • Sonic Generations
  • SSX 3
  • Star Wars Battlefront (Xbox)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Xbox)
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 – The Sith Wars
  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
  • The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent (Xbox)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
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