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Xbox One: Backwards compatibility not for the masses, Microsoft claims

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Microsoft has explained its decision not to offer backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on its newly-unveiled Xbox One console.

Xbox 360 titles won't work on the next-gen console due to the new processing platform, which has led to derision in some quarters form hardcore 360 fans.

However, Don Mattrick, the head of Xbox at Microsoft, said the vast majority of gamers won't be worried about playing old titles, once the Xbox One arrives later this year.

He told the Wall Street Journal that only 5 per cent of console owners have played old titles on backwards compatible consoles in the past, including the Xbox 360, which can still play original Xbox classics.

He said, cuttingly: "If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards."

Thankfully, the Xbox 360 isn't going anywhere and the company will continue to sell the console alongside the Xbox One, which should please those who get plenty of joy from current-gen titles.

Yesterday's announcement that Microsoft has 15 exclusive launch titles in the works may also prevent 360 gamers from becoming too hung up on the past.

Is the lack of backwards compatibility something that will factor into your decision when choosing between the PS4 (which will eventually offer access to old games over the cloud) and the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments section below.

Meanwhile if you need a little push in one direction or t'other, check out our Xbox One vs Sony PS4 comparison

Via The Verge

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David Pallmann

May 22, 2013, 11:49 pm

No backwards compatibility, for a second time around? Unacceptable. There's no Xbox One in my future! #fail

Spike Black

May 24, 2013, 9:27 am

I've played one old Xbox title on my 360 - Halo 2 because there was no alternative and it was buggy as hell. It's highly likely that many will have a large back catalogue of games unless they've traded them all in and tbh many will hold onto their existing Xbox 360 the interesting question is how long MS will continue to support the and produce the 360, will people be buying an extra machine just in case of RROD and rendering their old games to coasters.

AHYL88

May 28, 2013, 12:38 pm

I'm sorry, but that comment Don made is essentially saying "screw the customers" because people who've owned a Xbox 360 will have built up a massive library of games over the 7.5 year lifetime since the original 360 came out. So there's no excuse and it's totally disrespectful and alienating to virtually everyone, as well as those loyal 360 owners.

I really want to see the 5% and ask what's wrong with their brain; you want another console to sit alongside the 360? I would've loved to see 360 games be playable on the Xbox One, with cut down loading times and so on, that would've been amazing. But nope.

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