Xbox One Lacks Backwards Compatibility
If you’re looking to play your library of Xbox 360 games on the newly-announced Xbox One, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
Marc Whitten, Xbox Live VP, told The Verge that the “system is based on a different core arctitecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective.” As you’ll recall, Microsoft touted the new Xbox One architecture as being capable of a great many things during its event, though apparently playing games released even this year isn’t one of them.
This means both Xbox 360 discs and Xbox Live Arcade games built for the 360 will have no place on the shiny, new Xbox One. The Verge cites the move to x86 CPUs as the reason why backwards compatibility is “off the table” for both Microsoft and Sony. However, as the lifespan for current consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 grew, backwards compatibility was already a fading memory.
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