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With the next-generation of Xbox on the horizon, a lot of games featuring Microsoft's IP will be receiving backwards compatibility updates. Earlier this week, for example, we heard how Halo: The Master Chief Collection would get a special upgrade enabling 120fps and 4K, and now a new update for Killer Instinct has been rolled out.

The official website for the game makes it very clear that patch (coming in at 3.4GB) makes the game "fully" backwards compatible, but unlike Halo, there are no performance changes - it's the same game ready for next-gen.

Those playing Killer Instinct on console can expect a large patch – roughly 3.4GB – when they next boot up the game. This patch contains a few tweaks that allow for Killer Instinct to be fully backwards compatible on Xbox Series X|S.

Today’s patch contains NO new content, and NO performance changes. It simply allows the same Killer Instinct you know and love to be ready to play on next-generation Xbox consoles.

It's at least nice to know the Killer Instinct series hasn't been completely forgotten about. Although it's one of Rare's creations, the latest entry in this long-running fighter series was originally developed by the American team Double Helix Games. Fingers crossed we see more of Killer Instinct in the future.

And in case you're wondering, as of the game's 2017 Xbox One X update, Killer Instinct runs at 60fps and native 4K. Will you be playing this title on the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S? Were you hoping for anything else? Tell us below.