Microsoft's sharp-dressed-man Phil Spencer has heavily indicated that the company's next Xbox console(s) will include backwards compatibility.

Speaking during an interview with Eurogamer following the format holder's E3 press conference yesterday evening, the executive revealed that the b/c remains an important component in the Xbox family, something which he's 'very proud' of. 

Big Phil stopped short of actually confirming the feature for the new Xbox, although it certainly sounds like they're planning on adding it for whatever comes next.

'What I would say specifically, without announcing anything, is I'm very proud of our track record of compatibility and us respecting the purchase of games you've made with us and bringing that to the current generation,' said Spencer. 'It is in our core on who we are.'

It would certainly make sense for Microsoft to continue the feature, as backwards compatibility has proven insanely popular; gamers logged nearly one billion hours playing old titles via Xbox One.

Speaking of new consoles in general, Spencer wasn't entirely sold on Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot's opinion that the next cycle will be the last of its kind.

While admitting he can understand 'why he (Guillemot) would say that,' Big Phil added that he's flying the flag 'on people having local hardware to run games for many, many years.'

Microsoft's E3 presser event was an absolute monster, with the company unveiling a whopping 50 games.

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