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Microsoft: Xbox 360 Will Remain "A Vibrant Part Of The Ecosystem"

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft, XBLA, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Microsoft: Xbox 360 Will Remain "A Vibrant Part Of The Ecosystem"

Partly Because Xbox One Isn't Backwards Compatible

Microsoft has suggested that players will want to keep their Xbox 360 around as a "vibrant" part of the Xbox ecosystem over the next few years, not least because neither retail nor downloadable games are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One. However, they also plan to reveal a "huge" current-gen announcement at E3.

"[XBLA] games will continue to run on your Xbox 360 for as long as your Xbox 360 runs,” Microsoft’s Phil Spencer told Gamespot. “The box is not backward compatible and we think for somebody who invests in a large digital library that you want to keep your [Xbox 360]. Keep that as a vibrant part of the ecosystem.

“That’s why we’ve made sure that your identity, your friends, are constant between both platforms. You don’t have a separate identity on Xbox One or [Xbox 360]; it’s the same, you are you. My friend’s network is the same on both boxes, my achievements are the same. So we think that service component is an important component to keep constant across both devices."

However, beyond keeping your 360 around to dip into Trials Evolution every once in a while, Spencer also promises strong support for the console over the coming months. “I think the [Xbox 360] is going to be very vibrant for many years,” he continued. “In fact, we have a huge, I think it’s huge, [Xbox 360] announcement for E3 that I keep wanting to talk about, but I can’t.

“I think it will surprise people. I loved what we did with Minecraft; bring Minecraft to the box; six million units later it’s kind of a beast. I think there’s a lot of life in the [Xbox 360] for years to come.”

Perhaps another major XBLA exclusive, perhaps, or a PC franchise tailored for the platform? Either way, we'll find out soon (and potentially buy a bigger A/V cabinet).

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Tsung  May. 31, 2013 at 13:15

Oh dear, another non-news story and I comment again.. Sorry..

Interesting thou' it's direct contradiction to the XBOX ONE as the only "one" thing you need under your TV.

Microsoft Mixed Messages anyone?

stevenjameshyde  May. 31, 2013 at 13:20

Calling it now - timed exclusive GTA5 DLC

Breadster  May. 31, 2013 at 13:24

So are you going to be able to have your profile on a 360 and an Xbox One at the same time? Because as I understand it, you can't have your profile on more than one 360 and I don't think you can have it on more than one Xbox One seeing as they have the whole pre-owned crackdown thing going on. You can't even play a game you take to a friends house unless you access your own profile as well. It would be a bit annoying if you had to keep moving it back and forth between 360 and One.

McGreenwood  May. 31, 2013 at 13:58

So are you going to be able to have your profile on a 360 and an Xbox One at the same time? Because as I understand it, you can't have your profile on more than one 360 and I don't think you can have it on more than one Xbox One seeing as they have the whole pre-owned crackdown thing going on. You can't even play a game you take to a friends house unless you access your own profile as well. It would be a bit annoying if you had to keep moving it back and forth between 360 and One.


you can have your profile on as many xboxes as you want, they just cant be simultaneously logged in... i.e you can only log into live on one xbox at a time.... I imagine it will be the same with this... it may be that microsoft will continue to support the 360 like sony did with the ps2 after the ps3 was released?

Tsung  May. 31, 2013 at 16:09

One of my biggest bugbears with Xbox live is the inability to be signed into two different devices at the same time. Like it would be impossible to be playing a two different games one on the xbox one on the PC at the same time. :/

Breadster  May. 31, 2013 at 16:29

@McGreenwood are you certain of this? I thought you could only move your profile around, not copy it. I've never really messed around with my profile much but I know one of my friends just had his on a memory card so he could play it on different consoles, and I think you can only move it to and from a memory card, not copy it.

stevenjameshyde  May. 31, 2013 at 16:56

I think you can only move it to and from a memory card, not copy it.

^this man speaks the truth

McGreenwood  May. 31, 2013 at 17:06

I think it was part of the last major dashboard update? But now once it's downloaded it stays there.... Have been booted off many a FUT match at my brothers house when my sister signs in on my profile at home! Obv game saves etc will only be on your console unless they're on the cloud... Which I think was the main point.... Sign in anywhere and carry on your game!

stevenjameshyde  May. 31, 2013 at 23:30

Even better than that - be automatically signed in anywhere, because Kinect recognises your face from the Cloud?

Jaffo  Jun. 1, 2013 at 10:17

Huge E3 announcement - "We've worked out a way to screw over the preowned market on current gen too!"

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