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Xbox One has no backwards compatibility, sorry 360 lovers

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Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will not offer backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games.

Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s Xbox Live Vice President, has confirmed that the Xbox One will lack any backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 titles due to the next-generation console’s PC architecture.

“No, there’s not. The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective,” said Whitten.

Therefore, Xbox 360 disc-based games won’t work on the Xbox One console at all, as the console will use an AMD x86 CPU and any games designed for the Xenon processor on the Xbox 360 won’t function correctly.

Unfortunately, any Xbox Live Arcade titles downloaded for the Xbox 360 won’t work either, as any of these games will have to be completely redesigned for the Xbox One’s new components.

The PS4 will also face the same backwards compatibility issues too, as Sony opted to include the same x86 CPU as the Xbox One, moving from the PowerPC processor in the PS3.

However, Sony has promised that cloud gaming will allow gamers to play PS3 streamed online at some point. Microsoft has not confirmed any similar functionality for the Xbox One as yet, but with further information being offered at E3, they could be leaving it until then to talk about such plans.

Although backwards compatibility for the Xbox One is out of the question, the 360 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Xbox 360 console will still be sold alongside the new console and will reportedly get the new Xbox One dashboard updates before the next-gen console launches.

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One release date will occur worldwide “later this year”, preferring to keep a definitive release date close to their chests for now.

The Xbox One will also play host to 15 exclusive gaming titles within the first twelve months after release, eight of which are all new franchises created especially for the Xbox One.

What’s the better next-gen console? Read our PS4 vs Xbox One comparison to find out.

Via: The Verge

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May 21, 2013, 9:28 pm

That's odd, engadget said there would be backwards compatibility.

I'm inclined to say TR have got the facts straight due to the quote.

Matt Prime

May 22, 2013, 10:53 am

But... But...
... Borderlands :'(
*tears up*, I'm still going to want to play it, even next year


May 24, 2013, 3:21 pm

I'm more interested that the person who wrote this thinks the PS3 had PowerPC architecture, I could have sworn that was the 360, I thought PS3 used Cell....
But anyway, who cares? Is everyone suddenly getting rid of their current consoles? I won't be.......

Eagleeye595 .

June 14, 2013, 11:48 am

PS4 will have backwards Compatibility for games as far back as PS1 i can assure you of this i am as sure as i need oxygen to survive... When cloud is released in 2014 we will start to see some of those things... and further down 2014 we will be able to upload our current collection to cloud for storage don't ask me how since i do not own a PS4 yet lol but if you go on twitters and ask guys like Shuhei Yoshida and others who know first hand you will get answers if you asked nicely.

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