EA exec: It's unlikely 'next Xbox' will play Xbox 360 games

Microsoft's Xbox 360 console can play some, but not all, of the games made for the original Xbox via software emulation. However, an executive for Electronic Arts now claims that we should not expect Xbox 360 games to run on the next version of the console, nor should owners of the next Playstation expect to play PS3 games on that machine.

Gamasutra reports that EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen, speaking this week as part of the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, said, "An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible… And if you [play] multiplayer on a game, you'll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation."

It used to be when people bought a new game console, they also got a way to play all the older games made for the previous generation of that console. When the Playstation 2 came out in 2000, it was able to play PS1 games. The original version of the PS3 was able to play PS2 games, but later versions of the console took away that ability. The Nintendo Wii could play GameCube games and the current Wii U console can play Wii games.

That kind of ability seems to be on the way out for the next consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Even with that missing feature, Jorgensen says that consumers should be happy with what the two companies are going to offer, without going into specifics. He said:

No one's really seen yet… I mean, we have internally, but no one externally has really seen what the look and feel will be like on the new consoles. So I'll reserve judgement other than to say that I think people are going to be pretty excited.

Sony is expected to reveal the next Playstation console during a press event on February 20th and Microsoft should follow with its own Xbox announcement sometime later in 2013, with a launch for both consoles in the fall of this year

Source: Gamasutra | Image via Microsoft

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Silver47 said,

Was wondering when some one was going to bring up the old consoles. I don't remember the snes playing NES games or the megadrive playing master system games.

Exactly. Backwards compatibility is a NICE feature...do not get me wrong. If it is there GREAT! However, it has not ever been a killer feature that sells consoles and in fact out of the WHOLE history of consoles only a very few have had backwards compatibility. Notably: Gameboy Advanced, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PS2, and the first PS3 model.

Yeah, its only recently happened, no expectation that its a guarantee.

Though here's a thought, if the next Xbox has an x86 processor that the rumours claim, could it at least run original Xbox games?

Not sure... surely there would still need to be some compatibility layers in place to work correctly. If I were MS, I would not be prioritizing original XBox backwards compatibility when I couldn't get XBox 360 compatibility to work. Just isn't very useful...

Silver47 said,

Was wondering when some one was going to bring up the old consoles. I don't remember the snes playing NES games or the megadrive playing master system games.

the megadrive version 1 has an adapter to play master system games which i have

Lack of backwards compatibility is a huge problem to quite a large margin of gamers with a game library., moreso to those that don't want to keep a handfull of systems all setup.

My last console was a PS2, and while I was interested in a PS3, it cost far too much and I couldn't justify paying so much when I was primarily a PC gamer. Sad that that lost me the ability to get a backwards compatible PS3, but since emulation has kicked up so much, there's no reason to run my PS2 anymore (and in fact I just finally transferred all my PS1/2 memory card data over).

Emulation of the 360/PS3 is a different story; much more powerful hardware and I don't see it being feasible anytime soon, unless dedicated hardware is used, which, as everyone is saying, would cost them far too much. Shame.

Boo hoo.

Like many people, they'll just have to live with it.

It's not as if there isn't an alternative. Simply keep old console. So what if some gamers want to have less boxes underneath their TV. I want a Ferrari, but I'm not crying buckets over it.

Deal with it. The loss of backwards compatibility hardly stops you from actually playing the game.

Why is the title worded as if this only affects XBox, when he clearly mentions both the XBox and PS4 in his quote?

Nevermind, I just saw who wrote it. The skew against anything Microsoft is strong in this one...

I will be disappointed if I can't play the games I've downloaded on the PSN on the PS4.

It really makes me consider purchasing any future titles from these online stores.

So what's the deal with GTA 5 then? Is that going to be released for 360 or for the next gen Xbox? I don't think they would release a game for "an old console" just a few months before the new consoles come out if it won't be compatible.

There's really no reason that some of these AAA titles can't be released for both generations, just as they're currently released for PS3, 360 and Wii/WiiU. Most of the effort goes into platform-independent work, like design and content creation.

Making it backwards-compatible would be against profit. Companies would rather sell you the same game again than for you to use your old copy, or buy a pre-used one!
Just look at the PS2 games they now sell on PSN.

Also all this talk about different architectures and stuff, yes its probably a PITA to emulate, but if any company in the world can make it happen its MS,.
We are the loyal fanbase and they decide to screw us the most.

Cry me a river, you big baby.

As if Microsoft are deliberately and personally screwing with you.

It's a business decision much like everything else - this is the real world. Stop taking it so personal.

If it affects you so much, don't buy the next console.

As with everything else you "heard", it's a massive rumour. When Microsoft (or Sony for that matter) actually state 100% what the state of backwards compatibility is, don't worry about it.

Yet another nail in it's Coffin, along with the used games block rumor, all before it's even released....buyer beware!!!

I wonder if they offered an emulator on their Marketplace for $20 that will allow you to play old XBox 360 games how many people would actually buy it.

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