backward compatible

adjective
variants: or less commonly backwards compatible

Definition of backward compatible

: compatible with older equipment or previous versions of software Dolby Digital is backward compatible and supports earlier versions of Dolby such as Pro Logic.Consumer Reports

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Other Words from backward compatible

backward compatibility or less commonly backwards compatibility noun

Examples of backward compatible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Choudry, a 23-year veteran at Microsoft, helped ensure the Xbox 360 was backward compatible with the first console. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Certain backward compatible games from Xbox 360 and OG Xbox will jump to 1440p resolution on Series S, at least. Kyle Orland And Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2020 Spencer recommits that the Series X will be backward compatible with Xbox One accessories and software, along with Xbox One compatible 360 and original Xbox games. Gene Park, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2020 Both standards are also backward compatible, falling back to the oldest revision used in a connection. Jon L. Jacobi, PCWorld, 13 Nov. 2019 Spencer also said the next-gen console will be backward compatible with all previous generations of Xbox. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, 13 June 2019 Most of the Xbox 360 games are backward compatible, and some are even enhanced for the latest Xbox One X hardware. Tom Warren, The Verge, 15 Nov. 2018 Naturally, both of these consoles will fully support existing backward compatible Xbox and Xbox 360 games, and of course Xbox One titles. Tom Warren, The Verge, 18 Dec. 2018 With individual power switches for port-by-port control and transfer speeds up to 5Gbps per port, these hubs all feature USB 3.0 ports that are backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of backward compatible

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backward compatible was in 1975

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18 Jun 2021

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“Backward compatible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backward%20compatible. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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