Xbox’s Major Nelson revealed today that Microsoft will be conducting maintenance for Xbox 360 games on April 27th. The maintenance period will affect both Xbox 360 and backward compatible games on Xbox One. Gamers will be unable to play their Xbox 360 and backward compatible games from 4:00 AM ET until 6:00 AM ET on April 27th.

Major Nelson didn’t provide any details about what the maintenance is for, so gamers will need to wait until after the maintenance period to see what’s changed, or see if Microsoft shares any more details. Hopefully the maintenance is routine and won’t cause any potential issues for gamers.

Any gamers playing titles on Xbox 360 or one of the more than 300 backward compatible games on Xbox One during the maintenance time may get disconnected “one or more times.” So it’s probably best gamers avoid playing during the period. Fortunately, it’s only scheduled for a couple hours, so it hopefully shouldn’t put a major damper in anyone’s playtime.

Xbox One Backward Compatibility

Major Nelson made sure to point out that any gamers playing Xbox One titles won’t be affected by the maintenance.

As more games continue to be added to the Xbox One backward compatible list, such as the recently added Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, there are likely additional technical hiccups or updates needed to make sure games run smoothly for gamers.

Microsoft revealed at the time backward compatibility was announced that the program acts as a sort of emulator that allows the Xbox One to play Xbox 360 titles. With the upcoming release of Project Scorpio and backward compatibility continuing on that new Microsoft console, it’s likely Microsoft will have additional updates for the system as the Project Scorpio release date nears.

In his blog post, Major Nelson reminds gamers to check the Xbox Live service status page to keep updated on the progress of the maintenance. While the team at Xbox likely doesn’t expect the maintenance to take longer than necessary, it’s always possible that maintenance will take longer than expected. To that end, it’s a good idea for gamers looking to play Xbox 360 titles to keep an eye on that page.

Source: Major Nelson

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