The wait is finally over and we are pleased to see Microsoft officially announce the Xbox One as their next-generation gaming system. The company has been touting the device as an all-in-one system, offering live TV support and slick TV-to-game voice switching commands aside from its gaming capabilities.
However, the big talking point that has emerged just hours from the event, is that the Xbox One will not have backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games, in any capacity. The PS4 also doesn’t allow the playback of PS3 discs of course, but Sony has managed to find a workaround to this by offering PS3 game streaming on the PS4.
Microsoft has confirmed that no plans are in the works on a similar feature, so it means that your entire Xbox 360 collection will not work if you decide to switch over to next gen. Another massive talking point on the console, is that Xbox One will not require an ‘always-on’ internet connection to play, contrary to popular belief and mass speculation prior to the event.
Xbox One will however though, require a fee to play second-hand Xbox One games. Consumers who pick up a used-game will have to pay a fee to use it, but Microsoft are not going into details yet on how this will work and indeed how much the fee will be. The company has said though that multiple users who are on the same Xbox One console can play the same game without additional charges.
Microsoft has also said that users will be able to share their game with friends without the second user having to pay a fee. You will be pleased to hear though, that while the new console won’t play Xbox 360 games, all of your purchased movies and music will be transferrable over to the system without an additional charge.
One final big talking point for you to discuss, it looks like every Xbox One game will require an installation to the 500GB hard drive, before a user can play it. This means that you may not be able to play a game straight from the disc – more on this specific aspect as we get it.
We’ll be giving you extended coverage on the Xbox One throughout the day including full hardware specs and the games and exclusivity details announced so far. For now though, give us your reaction to the topics above. No backwards compatibility, mandatory installations and second-hand game fees.