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RUMOUR: Durango Will Not Be Backwards-Compatible

Matt Gardner
Backwards Compatibility, Durango, Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360

RUMOUR: Durango Will Not Be Backwards-Compatible

It's another day, but wait! There's been no fresh rumour regarding Durango! Surely not?!

Oh, wait, no... there's one.

Bloomberg has a new report, and it suggests that the new console from Microsoft won't be compatible with Xbox 360 discs.

Here's what the report had to say on the matter:

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will use an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) processor in its next Xbox game console as it seeks to cut the cost of building machines and get developers to create more titles, people with knowledge of the matter said. AMD surged the most in almost two years.

The Xbox will use an AMD system-on-a-chip that combines powerful “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips, said one of the people, who sought anonymity because the plans aren’t public. The shift to the so-called x86 format ubiquitous in modern personal computers means Microsoft will drop the Power PC technology designed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), and game discs made for the current Xbox 360 won’t be compatible.

Once again, do note the rumour tag. The return to an x86 format would mean that making a handful of X360 titles compatible, let alone the whole lot, would be an expensive effort. Sony have got themselves a ready-made solution in the form of Gaikai, and it's to be hoped that perhaps Microsoft might digitise their 360 back catalogue and provide some value for that XBL subscription.


In any case, we won't know for certain what the hell MS are planning to do until they tell us. Which might be next month. Maybe.


Add a comment7 comments
DivideByZero  Apr. 9, 2013 at 16:53

If true, another nail in the coffin really.

I love the fact that I can play my PS1 and PS2 games on my PS3. As I keep all my stuff in good nick, I don't want to have to buy stuff I already own again on digital.

davidpanik  Apr. 9, 2013 at 17:19

I heard a rumour that the new Xbox likes drowning puppies.

Breadster  Apr. 9, 2013 at 17:33

I always get urges to play old games but can never be bothered to set up my old consoles so backwards compatibility is a big deal for me. It would suck if the next xbox can't play 360 games, but it's just another rumour, so I'm not bothered yet.

Late  Apr. 9, 2013 at 18:46

If I had to pick a next gen console today I wouldn't pick the nextbox.
Fortunately I don't, though. I can wait for the facts, and then still wait six to twelve months before deciding what I want.

All these rumours are often baseless, probably largely incorrect, and possibly harmful. It's human nature to try to predict the future and to gossip, though.

Surely Microsoft will announce a presser some time soon...

DrTrouserPlank  Apr. 9, 2013 at 19:03

The PS4 isn't backwards compatible either though is it? (haven't kept up with stories)

The only way you will get backwards compatibility is to actually have the 360 hardware in the nextbox, and that's gonna cost money. There's no way that the PS4 or the nextbox can "brute-force" (ie: emulate) PS3 and 360 games respectively. It doesn't have anywhere near the power.

I agree though, it's a massive PITA having to set up an old machine so that you can play the odd game.

Backwards compatibility is a funny thing. These days it's kind of expected seeing as games are pretty much printed on the same media from generation to generation. \when I grew up backwards compatibility was a non-issue for many reasons, but most prominently because the media on which games were stored differed from gen-to-gen (even if this was only in the form of different shaped carts etc)

gmdlogan  Apr. 9, 2013 at 19:20

Backwards compatibility has never ever been a deciding factor for me, mainly as there isn't anything of note i fancy playing from ps1/2 era. I still have my old machines including nes/snes. Will fire them up once in a blue moon.

I will get rid of most of my ps3 stock closer to release day. Will always keep one ps3 for Assassins Creed series.

hurrakan  Apr. 12, 2013 at 01:39

I don't think I'm compatible with Durango consoles.

Actually, I recently bought a scart cable online for my old Sega Megadrive and MegaCD2, plugged it into the TV and they work! I dont think I have any Megadrive cartridges anymore though. I played Final Fight CD! But the 2 game CDs I mainly wanted to play didn't work - Road Avenger and Sonic CD :(

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