Xbox One may have backwards compatibility plan b

By Alan Ng - Sep 27, 2013

While most of you will be picking up your Xbox One consoles in November with the assumption that Xbox 360 backwards compatibility will not be possible, it appears that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel after all.

Some fantastic rumors are emerging this week, suggesting that Microsoft has been secretly testing a feature, to allow the playback of Xbox 360 games running on a PC – using streaming and Microsoft’s new-found cloud technologies.

As most of you know, many gamers were disappointed when Microsoft initially confirmed that the Xbox One wouldn’t feature any sort of backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 software – either via inputting discs or other methods.

The PS4 of course won’t accept PS3 discs, but Sony has already managed a workaround with the Gaikai streaming program. How, information over at TheVerge suggests that Microsoft may have something up their sleeves to perhaps offer a similar service to Gaikai, where Xbox One users will be able to stream Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, or indeed on the PC via a new Windows games program.

Secrets of the cloud perhaps?

Secrets of the cloud perhaps?

Microsoft has apparently already successfully tested this venture behind closed doors, using Halo 4 streamed to a low-end PC and even a Windows Phone device. If this becomes a feature of the Xbox One in 2014, you won’t need us to tell you how massive this could be next year.

This is come out of nowhere, but we really hope there’s some substance behind the rumors. Let us know your reaction to this, as it could really change the Xbox One in a big way next year. Backwards compatibility on the Xbox One – give us your thoughts.

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  • Zane

    If there is no backward compatibility, I am defiantly not buying.

  • Crapgamer

    It’s pretty brilliant, the only issue is bandwidth really. Also it’d be better if you could put in the Xbox 360 disc you own and have it recognized so you don’t have to purchase the games again in order to play them. All in all it isn’t a huge issue for me as I’m keeping my Xbox 360 anyway, I have a back catalog of over 100 Xbox 360 games, and almost 300 Xbox 360 games total, so it’d be foolish for me to get rid of that stuff.

    Can’t wait to get my Xbox One, but we all know new hardware usually suffers from software shortages for the first year, even if they release a game a month I’ll need games to fill the gaps. Great idea and very innovative for Microsoft who seem to be making all the right moves since E3

    • Josh101

      HAHAHAHAHAH. All the right moves? Kidding me right? They are certainly not reversing all their horrible policies in good will. They saw pre-order numbers and panicked. You may be ok with a company trying to rape our right to First Sale Doctrine but those with a backbone will not let these new “shinies” cover that fact. They are counting on those easily bent over to buy their product regardless.

      • You are flat out wrong

        The only right move MS will ever make at this point is leaving the console industry.

  • Tecme

    not good enough. i will not be buying one EVER until i can put an Xbox 360 disc in the Xbox one and be able to play it and i also don’t want to lose all of my downloaded stuff on my 360. definitely wont be buying one this year and probably not ever…. Microsoft got a little too greedy this time around.

    • deathhawk

      The thing is if you feel that way about the xbox one the feeling should be mutual for the ps4 since its the same way in regards to backwards compatibility

      • Zane

        Ps4 has backward compatibility with every nervous PlayStation system via their version of the cloud. What are you talking about?

        • Zane


        • MCAssassin96

          Yeah, and that’s what the xbox one might have. He’s saying that he should feel the same way, since ps4 will not allow discs either. (Of the ps3)

  • Shady Tools

    Streaming my games to my phone? Sounds exciting 😀

  • Admir Karalic

    How will this streaming affect people with bad connections ?