Xbox One won't be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games

Microsoft have just announced the Xbox One, the newest version of their supremely popular console at a press event in Redmond. A new version of the Kinect hardware will ship with every One console, and a new generation of games, some of which were previewed by EA Sports, will be offered to take advantage of all the new hardware.

One of the things that Microsoft failed to mention, however, was the lack of compatibility with older Xbox 360 games. This means that Xbox 360 disks won't work,  as well as downloaded Xbox Live Arcade titles.

Engadget spoke to a Microsoft rep who confirmed the news, saying: "We care very much about the investment people have made in Xbox 360 and will continue to support it with a pipeline of new games and new apps well into the future, [but the Xbox One is designed] 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." 

This news will hit those who've invested heavily in the Xbox 360 hard, but it is an unavoidable issue considering the need for higher resolution games to match the new PlayStation 4. Although, just because you buy a new console, this does not mean that your old console will burst into flames, you can still play older titles with your console. Additionally, being able to allow the Xbox One to be able to play legacy titles would likely require additional hardware that would raise the MSRP of the console when it is released, later this year.

Source: Engadget | Image via Microsoft

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