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Xbox One Vs Sony PS4 backwards compatibility

Now that the dust has settled somewhat with Microsoft’s Xbox One announcement, a few lingering issues remain a huge talking point for those interested in picking one up at launch. The first is the unsolved mystery over always-on connectivity, and the other is Microsoft’s confirmation that the Xbox One system will have no way whatsoever to play Xbox 360 discs, or games already purchased through Xbox Live Arcade.

Microsoft has said that the main reason for the lack of Xbox One backwards compatibility, is that the new console is incompatible with Xbox 360 discs, due to being based on the x86 architecture. You may be already aware that this is a similar setup to the way the Sony PS4 has been built, but Sony has already confirmed that they will be offering a workaround PS3 backwards compatibility with the PS4.

Sony has said that Gaikai will play a part in this, with users able to stream PS3 games and possibly even PS2 and PS1 games in the future. Microsoft on the other hand has already confirmed that no such plans are in place to offer a similar service. With the vast library of Xbox 360 games now redundant on the Xbox One – some consumers may be wondering if Microsoft’s system is really the right choice for them.

To make matters worse, Don Mattrick, Head of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft has been quoted as saying to the Wall Street Journal that “If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards.” – if you can believe that. The exec which you saw introduce the console to the world a few days ago added that only “5 percent of customers play games from previous generations” on new consoles, which is a statistic that may come back to haunt him in the months to come.

Then again, some of you may be thinking he is spot on. Keep your Xbox 360 console to play Xbox 360 games and use the Xbox One for the latest in next-generation gaming that Microsoft has to offer – it’s simple right? Not so simple for consumers who would like to have the functionality included in a new console to play some of the old titles that they have spent fortunes of hard earned cash on.

At the very least, make those Xbox Live Arcade purchases transferrable over to the new system. It isn’t happening though and if Sony can make their Gaikai streaming service value for money – they may be greeted with some new consumers who have become disillusioned with Microsoft’s new business motives.

What are your honest opinions on the death of Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One? Do you think this is a big deal or not?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Edgar
Edgar

LOL, I remember when Nintendo believed that online gaming was for e-diots and that cartridges could never be replaced by cds

David
David

See…I could have dealt with this if this was done for like the for the PS3 or the Wii U when they came out or something like that. Those systems are solid systems that aren’t going to fall apart like the Xbox 360 has. Most of my friends and I had to replace our Xbox 360 a half a dozen times at least and that INCLUDES several of the new model Xbox 360s. The Xbox 360 is going to fall apart very quickly compared to my other systems.

unsubstantiation
unsubstantiation

This is one of the most important features for me. Since the XBOX360 had a more similar catalog to the ps3 than the XBOX had to the ps2 we can expect the newer systems to have nearly identical new release catalogs. If sony’s system ends up with superior hardware it would then mean that in everyway the ps4 would be better. Since the XboxOne is already making a break from the Xbox360 than there seems to be no reason not to jump ship if you previously were a microsoft fan, unless you like voyeurism.

Eli
Eli

More than just one feature or two will affect my purchase, the only one that matter’s is does it play games, and if so willit have a big selection of quality games?

Also that plus the fact of all the awesome things the xbox one does offer is almost good enoguh to me. I may be a little biased but I enjoy the features they showed off at the presentation.

Michael Mendez
Michael Mendez

The fact that the PS3 wasn’t backward compatible with tPS2 titles is what made me get a 360 in the first place. That, and being able to play any music I wanted during any game I wanted to. But with this next generation, I think both groups should focus more on building their impressive legacy, and less on tearing down and rebuilding. What would our cities look like if architects followed the patterns of game corporations these days? Aren’t games and consoles supposed to be about fun? Stop making this into a latest and greatest; just go for all out… Read more »

lisa
lisa

it is a HUGE deal; i’m not going to abandon my 360 and my huge array of amazing games for a device that will only have a small handful at first. this is a huge dealbreaker for me.

Roshee4xbox360
Roshee4xbox360

Backward compatibility means alot more going from xbox360 ->xbox1 & ps3 &ps4 than xbox ->xbox360 & ps2 -> ps3, because this current generation has arcade quality games and franchisees were so numerous, that you may not want to see them in the next generation. Ex.) no more halo nor GOW please!! And some of the current gen games where so good i will still like to play them years from now. both Microsoft & Sony are blowing smoke up our a***. because Backward compatibility can be done in both machines through software emulation if these CPU are indeed 20X more… Read more »

jeremy
jeremy

Backward compatibility on a console makes it a launch purchase for me, lacking it makes it a 2-3 year after launch purchase, im not going to buy a new console with 2-3 games worth playing and stare at my huge investment dwindling as I play my last gen collection. So I’ll be moving towards the ps4 at launch and preordering as soon as its up for sale.
I’ll still buy an xb one, It just won”t be until 2016.

Green Wolf 343
Green Wolf 343

wow your comment section wont let me post a link to prove im correct .. are you afraid of being proved wrong lmao

Green Wolf 343
Green Wolf 343

not true PS4 will not have backwards compatibility either

Gary Gooner Harper
Gary Gooner Harper

not a big deal everyone will get over it soon for as long as the new games are amazing i.e Forza ,Fifa, Cod, GTA, Grid

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