Xbox One News: Xbox One Will Not Be Backwards Compatible

This Xbox One news may not be bringing smiles to the faces of ardent Xbox 360 games fans and users. Microsoft’s latest gaming console will not be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. So, in case you were hoping to play your pretty vast collection of Xbox 360 games on Microsoft's latest version of the gaming console Xbox One, you have got a certainly spot of bad news. Microsoft Xbox Live Vice President Marc Whitten actually confirmed to The Verge that the latest Xbox One console will have no backwards compatibility whatsoever.

"No, there's not," was the reply from the VP Whitten, when The Verge posed the question. He explained, "The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective."

That means that Xbox 360 discs would not work on the new console, but also extends to Xbox Live Arcade downloadable titles. Now, if at all, anything that was designed for the Xbox 360 had to be used, it will have to be rebuilt, and it sounds like Microsoft doesn't plan on doing that.

Technologically speaking, it is not a surprise that backwards compatibility is not made available. The software company confirmed months of rumors that the new Xbox would use an x86 CPU. Then off course the games designed for the Xbox 360's Xenon processor would simply not run natively on the new hardware -it is a technical difficulty that cannot be fixed- since the Xenon used a PowerPC architecture instead of x86. Of course, the Xbox competitor Sony's PlayStation 4 has the same problem: Sony also chose to move to x86 from PowerPC, and the PS4 also would not directly support PS3 games, not until sometime later.

But, the great news for Sony PS 3 users is that the gaming and electronics, entertainment and gaming Corporation is promising that PlayStation 4 users will indeed be able to play PlayStation 3 games at some point, by streaming them from the cloud, but Microsoft is not promising any such thing in case of Xbox One. When asked regarding the matter whether the company had any streaming option or download option for existing Xbox 360 games for the Xbox One, he emphasized that there was no such thing in the works at Microsoft.

The software-mammoth does, however, plan to keep selling the Xbox 360 along with the new console for the near future. "This isn't about getting rid of the Xbox 360," Whitten said.

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