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Microsoft Corp. has officially confirmed that its next-generation Xbox One video game console will not be able to play Xbox 360 video games since the architecture of the current and future game systems is completely different. At the same time, gamers interested in Xbox 360 titles today can safely buy the console since it will be supported with new games for years to come.

“Xbox One hardware is not compatible with Xbox 360 games. We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games – games that are architected to take full advantage of state-of-the-art processors and the infinite power of the cloud. We care very much about the investment you have made in Xbox 360 and will continue to support it with a pipeline of new games and new apps well into the future,” an official statement by Microsoft reads.

While Xbox One will not be compatible with Xbox 360 games, current Xbox Live Gamertag will stay with gamers on Xbox One if they choose to keep it, hence, Gamerscore and Achievements will indeed carry over from Xbox 360. Current Xbox Live membership will work on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Previously, it was rumoured that Microsoft would install Xbox 360 chipset into Xbox One to maintain compatibility with such popular titles as Halo and Gears of War, which are exclusive for the Xbox 360. However, the company decided not to maintain compatibility with highly popular titles and rely on all-new games instead with the Xbox One. Unlike Sony Corp, Microsoft also decided not to provide backwards compatibility with current titles using cloud streaming technologies.

It remains to be seen how the lack of backwards compatibility will affect popularity of Microsoft Xbox One early in the cycle. Its arch-rival Sony PlayStation 4 will provide compatibility with current games, hence end-users will not have to own two consoles to play games of different situation.

Microsoft Xbox One is based on AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console will feature 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive, output of video with up to 4K resolution (3840*2160) using HDMI 1.4 as well as 7.1-channel audio. The new Xbox One will come with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The console will feature a number of functions, e.g. TV-cable pass-through that will seamlessly integrate it into the living room.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Next, Durango, Xbox One

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this is a seriously dumb move by Microsoft. I mean they say the xbox one is not backwards compatible with the xbox 360 cause the xbox 360 uses an ibm based non x86 cpu, yet the xbox 360 was backwards compatible with xbox games and the first xbox used a Celeron based 700mhz x86 cpu. I smell a bunch of BS from microsoft. they don't want to take the time to support backwards compatibility that's all there is to it.
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/22/13 10:35:02 AM]
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Their marketing is less focused on gaming, so who is really complaining about backwards compatibility?

Also, why should anyone getting Xbox One give up their 360 to expect backward compatibility as if to consolidate? Say someone was only all about the Halo series, then it would suck to have to own both machines for up to Halo 4 on one and the rest of the trilogy on another; but if they really wanted it, I don't see them complaining.

Or rather I don't see them boycotting their favorites on principle; so again, who on Earth is really complaining but people that wouldn't get it in the first place?
0 0 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 05/22/13 11:07:34 AM]
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because this is considered their next gen console.

so what you are saying is that you need two diff consoles to play games instead of it being convenient and have one console play both new and old generation games. so you are saying you don't see the annoyance in this?

a lot of people will complain about it not being backwards compatible as i'm already seeing a lot of threads posted about this around the internet already. it's about. the convenience and not have to have two diff systems to play to diff games on.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/23/13 06:07:08 AM]
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Its a PC in a black case. Why would any PC gamer buy this?
1 0 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 05/22/13 10:51:14 AM]
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I say the majority of PC gamers that are not purists or zealots or enthusiasts (because it is not like you have to be an enthusiast to be a gamer) are all candidates, but that doesn't mean they will get it.

That would depend on other junk in their living room that has the same functions separately and whether they want to consolidate all of them into this "One", or whether they don't have all those other components separately and this Xbox simplifies that purchase. The modern console is effectively an HTPC without worrying about hardware and software updates (i.e low maintenance).
0 0 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 05/22/13 11:20:31 AM]
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Sony PlayStation 4 will provide compatibility with current and backward games via Sony’s cloud service; hence end-users will not have to own two consoles to play games of different situation. But xbox one is not backward compatible
4 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/24/13 07:06:31 AM]
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this is what killed the ps3 sales when it came out.i also think they put to much time into the plash then the core of xbox witch is to game the others are all just sweet and awesome extras.
0 0 [Posted by: Stephen Beattie  | Date: 05/28/13 03:47:39 PM]
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