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Xbox One Will Not Be Backwards Compatible

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Matt Gardner
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Backwards Compatibility, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One

Xbox One Will Not Be Backwards Compatible

This one shouldn't come as much of a surprise, and Sony have said the same thing about the PS4. Essentially, due to the x86 architecture employed by the Xbox One, the new console "won't play any existing Xbox 360 games".

The news came via Polygon, who caught Microsoft's corporate vice president of Xbox Live, Marc Whitten, for a quick interview.

The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective," said Whitten.

Although there's no concrete confirmation that this will hold true for smaller XBLA digital titles as well as the full retail releases, Polygon stressed that Whitten had informed them that "the Xbox One won't play any existing Xbox 360 games".

It remains to be seen whether or not Microsoft will attempt to provide a cloud-based retrospective solution as Sony have hinted at with Gaikai.

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JonLester  May. 21, 2013 at 20:20

I hope that Xbox One is compatible with my enormous library of XBLA games, since there's no reason for it not to be.

Also, how is this "all in one" if I need to keep my 360 to play my game collection? Just a (facetious) thought.

Last edited by JonLester, May. 21, 2013 at 20:30
gavtrfc  May. 21, 2013 at 21:10

why would you buy a new console to play old games? did these people buy a dvd player and try and put a vhs in the disc holder?

Anarchist  May. 21, 2013 at 21:23

How is anything an 'all in one' if you still need to keep your toaster to make pop tarts...? Be realistic.

And I thought you were smarter than that Jon, of course there is plenty reason. They are built using different architecture, x86 CPUs cannot run PowerPC code, it does not matter at all if they are running from disc, or from download, they are still based on the exact same PowerPC code.

Anarchist  May. 21, 2013 at 21:26

I agree gav. It's not like you have to immediately go set fire to all your old consoles whenever you buy a new one. I very rarely play a game I've owned longer than a year. Much as I'd want to keep the option to play them, I'll probably just keep a 360 in a box somewhere for if I ever get a MW2 craving. Same as I still have a PS1 and a PS2 in a box next to my TV.

JonLester  May. 21, 2013 at 22:13

I freely admitted that I was being facetious in the OP, and I've frequently stated that backwards compatibility is both broadly unnecessary and a practical impossibility for retail games. That said, I've always had a wistful desire to finish off my massive XBLA backlog without having to keep yet another console on standby.

DivideByZero  May. 21, 2013 at 22:16

I have run out of space under my TV...

6 slots...

Xbox 360 + HD-DVD
PS3
Surround Amp
Xbox one (as us old school people call the first Xbox, not the new one!!)
DVD player
and a VHS player (for my irreplaceable skate video collection).

It would have been much better to be able to sell off or even give away my 360 and just keep the games I want to play on it.

It's wont be a deal breaker for me... but I love my PS3 being able to play my PS1 and PS2 games.
Being able to do everything is much better than not being able to something.

Anarchist  May. 21, 2013 at 22:33

DBZ,

DVD player, unnecessary. The Xbox1, 360 and ps3 all play DVDs perfectly well.
VHS - convert your skate videos to DVD/divx. Don't really need it (when was the last time you honestly watched them?) so keep them in a box in the loft just in case.
Xbox1 - 360 plays the majority of Xbox1 games. Don't really need that (well, keep it in a box just in case)

I'm mostly surprised that you still have a launch PS3 alive though. Considering you paid £155 more than the 360 for the privilege of playing your ps2 games on it, I'd say it was an expense that wasn't justified. For £155 I'd have rather it didn't have backwards compatibility on launch and I'd just keep my ps2 on standby.

Which is what I've done. It takes 60 seconds for me to whip the ps2 out the green box next to the TV and plug it in, if I want to play something retro. If the ps3 was a decent price on release, I may have bought one then, instead of waiting for them to remove the backwards compatibility and reduce it to an acceptable price.

theslickmeister  May. 22, 2013 at 08:26

why would you buy a new console to play old games? did these people buy a dvd player and try and put a vhs in the disc holder?

No, but I did buy a Blu-Ray player expecting it to play DVDs :P

Admittedly tho it's all about convenience/space/socket availability. I'd hate to think I'd still need to have every old piece of entertainment hardware crammed under my TV for the off chance when I'm feeling a little nostalgic.

Plus, I expect there's people that were probably hoping to put the trade in value of their '360' towards their '1'.

DivideByZero  May. 22, 2013 at 09:13

DVD player, unnecessary. The Xbox1, 360 and ps3 all play DVDs perfectly well.

Wrong - I have loads of US and Asian DVDs that don't work on my PS3 or 360. I have a really nice upscaling Oppo DVD player. Only use it for foreign... which I have a lot of and some that are not released in the UK.

VHS - convert your skate videos to DVD/divx.

I could spend hundreds of hours doing that... but I wont. Same as I didn't convert my cassette music to MP3. Doable, but not worth the effort.

when was the last time you honestly watched them?

Probably as often as I watch DVDs or Blu Rays... which is not that often.


so keep them in a box in the loft just in case.

Not sure if you remember VHS, but that would kill them... some of them are literally irreplaceable.

Xbox1 - 360 plays the majority of Xbox1 games. Don't really need that (well, keep it in a box just in case)

Nope... wish that was true... but last time I tried Fusion Frenzy and Time Splitters did not work... still some of my favorite party games.


I'm mostly surprised that you still have a launch PS3 alive though. Considering you paid £155 more than the 360 for the privilege of playing your ps2 games on it, I'd say it was an expense that wasn't justified. For £155 I'd have rather it didn't have backwards compatibility on launch and I'd just keep my ps2 on standby.


Well, you say that, but I bought a release day PS3... end of story. There wasn't a choice on release day in the UK was there?


If the ps3 was a decent price on release, I may have bought one then, instead of waiting for them to remove the backwards compatibility and reduce it to an acceptable price.

Whereas if there was a choice, I would have still paid extra to get the backwards compatibility. Money I have, space I have run out of and time is precious.

Different strokes for different folks.

Last edited by DivideByZero, May. 22, 2013 at 09:14
Tsung  May. 22, 2013 at 10:53

Why make any system backwards compatible when you can just sell the game again? :P

Anarchist  May. 22, 2013 at 23:25

I can't really argue with any of your points. I just have different priorities I guess. If I have to spend a couple of minutes plugging in and setting up another console, I actually quite enjoy it and consider it part of the whole experience. There's nothing quite like tuning the TV in to the megadrive and blowing into the cartridge slot.

Besides, I'm not sure I could argue that my time is too precious to spend an extra couple of minutes plugging my old xbox in, when all I'm doing with it anyway is shooting stuff up as a top hat wearing whale.

DivideByZero  May. 23, 2013 at 09:01

I hate going behind the TV. Access is awkward, it's dusty and that's where the gimp lives. If I have mates over or only have an hour to play games, I don't want to spend the best part of half an hour setting up.

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