Microsoft Xbox One Will Not Be Backwards Compatible with Xbox 360 Games

Microsoft Drops Backwards Compatibility for Xbox One

by Anton Shilov
05/21/2013 | 08:51 PM

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.