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Xbox One Will Not Be Backwards Compatible with Xbox 360

By - Source: The Verge | B 42 comments

The Xbox One will NOT be compatible with the 360.

Though the Xbox One is here, it might be a wise move to hang onto your 360 if you plan on playing any of your old games. Microsoft's Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten recently confirmed to The Verge that the One will not be backwards compatible with the 360. "The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective," he stated.

Yes, this goes for Xbox games on disc and current XBLA titles. Since the Xbox One will be packing an x86 CPU, it'll be wholly incompatible with the games designed for the Xbox 360, which packs a Xenon processor. Though Sony's PS4 will also face the same issues as the PS3, Sony will be bringing PS3 games to the PS4 from the cloud. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Microsoft will do the same thing. "When we specifically asked Whitten whether the company had any streaming option or download option for existing Xbox 360 games for the Xbox One," wrote The Verge's Sean Hollister, "he confirmed that there was no such thing in the works at Microsoft."

So it might not be the best idea to get rid of the old and replace it with the new...

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    edogawa , May 21, 2013 1:54 PM
    Wouldn't this go without saying due to the platform change.
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    airborne11b , May 21, 2013 2:13 PM
    Gets better and better every day. Aiming for 1080p gaming in an era of 2560 x 1600 and 5760 x 1200 PC standards, soon looking to 4k tvs.
    No backwards compatibility. High price.
    Maybe more people will wake up, stop getting pissed on by these consoles and get a proper PC. ffs.
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    Soda-88 , May 21, 2013 3:16 PM
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    Everyone seems upset about no backward compatibility, but we never had that with the Nintendo->SuperNES->Nintendo 64->Gamecube. So stop whining and realize if you want a new system then it needs to be different enough to be an upgrade. The other alternative is to go into the PC gaming world and upgrade every couple years vs 5-7 years and still have no backward compatibility. Games from 10 years ago will not play on a new PC correctly so why would games from a 7 year old console work on a new model.


    I can play EVERY SINGLE PC GAME I've ever owned from 15 years back (warcraft 2, diablo, starcraft, age of empires) on Windows 8. Another game that haven't worked on XP, Vista nor 7 called Hexplore also miraculously works on 8. I can also play any 16-bit DOS games using DOSBox and last but not least, all the console games that have the emulators/roms released.

    Your argument is invalid.

    -PC master race
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    dietrich1 , May 21, 2013 1:54 PM
    who cares. 360 sucked anyway.
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    edogawa , May 21, 2013 1:54 PM
    Wouldn't this go without saying due to the platform change.
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    game junky , May 21, 2013 2:01 PM
    I guess that's what happens when you drastically change architecture - kinda surprised they didn't try to build in some emulation since they're doing a little virtualization between the 3 different OS' that run on that thing but that's just me.
    Oh well - specs seem promising, but want to see it in action before I shell out the $499 I am guessing it is going to cost.
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    g00fysmiley , May 21, 2013 2:06 PM
    another reaosn not to buy one... it is bad when SONY of all companies appears to care more about thier customers than you ...
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    alidan , May 21, 2013 2:06 PM
    from the press conference i have serious concerns if its compatible with games.
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    Hashwagon , May 21, 2013 2:07 PM
    "Oh noes! My Windows 7 game doesn't work on my Windows 8 machine!". Filthy console peasants have to deal with so much.
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    Shankovich , May 21, 2013 2:09 PM
    People shouldn't complain. Went from PowerPC to x86(orx64?) architecture.
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    alidan , May 21, 2013 2:10 PM
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    "Oh noes! My Windows 7 game doesn't work on my Windows 8 machine!". Filthy console peasants have to deal with so much.


    yea, that is a minor annoyance, the best thing about the console is that games WILL work on it, or they will fail the same for everyone...
    something i cant say about the pc where some devs make a game for hardware that doesn't exist, or program a game so poorly even a pc that far beats the minimum specs plays like crap.
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    vmem , May 21, 2013 2:12 PM
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    another reaosn not to buy one... it is bad when SONY of all companies appears to care more about thier customers than you ...


    well, sony's the underdog in the console market now... the underdog will always appear to care more because they need to build up consumer loyalty etc. same goes for AMD, HTC, and any other industry underdogs
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    airborne11b , May 21, 2013 2:13 PM
    Gets better and better every day. Aiming for 1080p gaming in an era of 2560 x 1600 and 5760 x 1200 PC standards, soon looking to 4k tvs.
    No backwards compatibility. High price.
    Maybe more people will wake up, stop getting pissed on by these consoles and get a proper PC. ffs.
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    jdwii , May 21, 2013 2:26 PM
    I love how they surger quote it and don't tell us the exact graphics performance when compared to the PS4, We already knew the CPU was going to be the same as the PS4 and we knew the next xbox would have 8GB of ram. PS4 is said to be around the 7870-7850 range the next Xbox was rumored to be less.
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    prince_david , May 21, 2013 2:27 PM
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    Wouldn't this go without saying due to the platform change.


    Well when Apple went from Power PC to x86, their apps still worked. But yeah I am not really surprised either.
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    dragonsqrrl , May 21, 2013 2:29 PM
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    Wouldn't this go without saying due to the platform change.


    It would, but you should check out the comments on ign. So many people who don't have a clue about CPU architecture or the significance of a "platform" are up in arms over this relatively expected announcement. Console noobs, I don't usually like to use that term because I think its often overused, but in this case it fits beautifully.
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    nevilence , May 21, 2013 2:29 PM
    this is the least excited i have been about next gen consoles ever, maybe thats because I just bought a good gaming pc and consoles now seem pointless, i dont know, but none of it is hyping me up thats for sure.
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    Anomalyx , May 21, 2013 2:35 PM
    "Wouldn't this go without saying due to the platform change."
    Nope. Xbox and Xbox 360 were mostly backwards compatible. The thing that changed this time around is the processor instruction set. In other words, games would need to be completely recompiled (i.e. a special version and another purchase) at minimum in order to work on this new TV set top box.
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    spidey81 , May 21, 2013 2:46 PM
    The one thing that I'm looking forward to in this generation of consoles is better ports to the pc. This is just an assumption based on the fact that you'll have very similar specifications to pc hardware. There's x86 and standard RAM (8GB is pretty standard anymore) along with more modern DX11 capable GPU's.
    Console gaming is becoming very similar to what apple is in relation to general pc's. You'll have maybe a couple of limited options that provide a "guaranteed" experience. But like I said, I hope this leads to better and more scalable ports to the PC. And maybe even better multiplayer compatibility across platforms.
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    cj_online , May 21, 2013 2:50 PM
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    Gets better and better every day. Aiming for 1080p gaming in an era of 2560 x 1600 and 5760 x 1200 PC standards, soon looking to 4k tvs.
    No backwards compatibility. High price.
    Maybe more people will wake up, stop getting pissed on by these consoles and get a proper PC. ffs.


    Are you on crack? Most PC gamers still play on 1080p. MOST people (yes including most PC gamers) don't have the $700 lying around to get a dual GTX 680 solution.
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    djice , May 21, 2013 3:01 PM
    Everyone seems upset about no backward compatibility, but we never had that with the Nintendo->SuperNES->Nintendo 64->Gamecube. So stop whining and realize if you want a new system then it needs to be different enough to be an upgrade. The other alternative is to go into the PC gaming world and upgrade every couple years vs 5-7 years and still have no backward compatibility. Games from 10 years ago will not play on a new PC correctly so why would games from a 7 year old console work on a new model.
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    airborne11b , May 21, 2013 3:09 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Gets better and better every day. Aiming for 1080p gaming in an era of 2560 x 1600 and 5760 x 1200 PC standards, soon looking to 4k tvs.
    No backwards compatibility. High price.
    Maybe more people will wake up, stop getting pissed on by these consoles and get a proper PC. ffs.


    Are you on crack? Most PC gamers still play on 1080p. MOST people (yes including most PC gamers) don't have the $700 lying around to get a dual GTX 680 solution.


    But they have $500 for a console, plus every single new game that comes out and is drastically over-priced compared to PC?

    Between steam and torrents, the cost of a PC, regardless of how much you put into it, pays for itself. $500 PC can do 1080p gaming no problem at all. $750 - $1000 pc can do well above that no problem.

    When all is said and done, 1080p is an extremely dated resolution. With the emergence of $300 2560 x 1440 panels, and upcoming 4k TVs that will be affordable by early 2014 at the latest, these new consoles don't make any sense at all. Just like the current console generation launched only capable of 720p gaming when 1080p was practically the norm for PC games, they're doing the same thing right now with the next gen. Then everyone is going to sit around for 5 or 6 years, again, on dated resolutions and sub par hardware. And for what? So you can spend $10, $20, $30, $40 more per game?

    Anyone with common sense who has to pick between console and PC, is going to pick PC. Everyone else is going to get ripped off.
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    airborne11b , May 21, 2013 3:12 PM
    Quote:
    Everyone seems upset about no backward compatibility, but we never had that with the Nintendo->SuperNES->Nintendo 64->Gamecube. So stop whining and realize if you want a new system then it needs to be different enough to be an upgrade. The other alternative is to go into the PC gaming world and upgrade every couple years vs 5-7 years and still have no backward compatibility. Games from 10 years ago will not play on a new PC correctly so why would games from a 7 year old console work on a new model.


    Any 6 year old PC with a core2duo, 2gb of ram and 8800GT system (equivalent or better) will play games at the same/better resolution as consoles do (720p).

    You only need to upgrade your system if you're trying to out-do consoles in the graphics department.

    Just thought I'd throw that in there.
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