This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) had a lot of surprises for the fans. From Nintendo’s spectacular comeback to Microsoft’s Xbox One X, the gaming community was left reeling from the events.

One of the treats were given to Microsoft’s fans was Xbox One’s backward compatibility, which will equip the latest console with support for the original games that were previously released. With the anticipation at an all-time high, rumors have begun circulating that it might never come. However, recent reports have revealed that it is actually on the way.

“We’re close, we’re really close,” Xbox’s chief Phil Spencer told GameSpot when he was asked about the status of the development. “I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games [and] where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don’t think we’ve announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners, but we’re still on track. I feel really good. The games look great.”

Considering the nearing release of the Xbox One X, many were also curious as to whether or not the feature will be available to the world’s most powerful console. Spencer was determined to remain tight-lipped, but he did tease that there were features that will need to be discussed before the console arrives in stores.

Furthermore, Spencer also gave some form of relief to the fans. He said that they will not have long to wait to enjoy the features that the backwards compatibility will offer. For those who have been waiting to play the original games that they got to know in the previous consoles, they will be able to play it again before the year ends. No specific launch date was given but fans are expecting to hear more details in the coming months.

Xbox One News: Backwards Compatibility Coming Sooner Than Fans Think