Xbox One isn't backwards compatible with 360

You might want to hold onto your 360 if you plan to get an Xbox One when it launches later this year. According to a comment from Microsoft given to, the new system won't play Xbox 360 games. The reasoning sounds very similar to why the PS4 won't play PS3 games: the tech in the new system is too different from the old system to play the old games.

If it follows the same logic as the PS4's lack of backwards compatibility, does this also mean that all the XBLA games won't carry over to the next system either? We'll keep you informed. 


  • sandplasma - May 21, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    I'm not surprised, I, as a gamer, feel betrayed by MS and will be going the Sony way.
  • ObliqueZombie - May 21, 2013 10:21 p.m.

    PS4--and recent PS3s--aren't backwards compatible, either. And we only MIGHT get all PS1-3 games if the Gaikia (or however you spell it) cloud system comes into play fully.
  • Jennero_Rossi - May 21, 2013 7:12 p.m.

    I hope XBLA games will carry over, but I am doubting that too.
  • TheMariner - May 21, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    While not surprised, I am quite disappointed by this development. I really don't want to have to keep four consoles on my TV stand in order to play the games I want to play when I want to play them. I might be in a minority, but I still play games from my first console and the fewer boxes I have to have plugged in, the better.
  • avantguardian - May 21, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    is this surprising? to anyone? does anyone REALLY care?
  • Talvari - May 21, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    Not really surprising. And i'm not 100% bothered since i guess it's probably costly since the new games will be blue ray and xbox360 was just DVD if i recall (maybe wrong). So understandable to a degree why it's not there (but also could just be them being lazy so people will buy more xbox360s when theirs breaks or w/e). Backwards compatibility is just a nice feature to have that i don't think anyone would complain about having :/ For some people who may have a lot of 360 games it would add a lot of value i guess, maybe increase the incentive to buy it and stuff.
  • avantguardian - May 21, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    i hear ya. i certainly wouldn't complain if my ipod played my record collection, but alas, i have a record player for that. i have probably 80-100 360 games, and i'm ok with playing them on my 360. i still have my ps2 for the same reasons.
  • The_Tingler - May 21, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    Guess I'm just going to be upgrading and sticking with my PC for most of 2014 then.
  • shawksta - May 21, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    BAH, come on Microsoft you KNOW 360 is still getting games in the future
  • chavbuster1 - May 21, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Microsoft, you fiends!
  • winner2 - May 21, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    This is like enough bad news to start another week of hate
  • PatHan-bHai - May 22, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Let's start her up then! :P You first..............
  • Tjwoods18 - May 21, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Well at least Sony promises to get Gaiku up and running.

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