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Xbox One Will Not Be Backwards Compatible with Xbox 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...

  • dietrich1
    who cares. 360 sucked anyway.
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  • edogawa
    Wouldn't this go without saying due to the platform change.
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  • game junky
    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
    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
    from the press conference i have serious concerns if its compatible with games.
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  • Hashwagon
    "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
    People shouldn't complain. Went from PowerPC to x86(orx64?) architecture.
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  • alidan
    10841148 said:
    "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
    10841142 said:
    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
    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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