Xbox One: no backwards compatibility, no constant connection required
Our heads are still whirling after the announcement of the Xbox One earlier this morning. The event is over, but details are still pouring in. We’ve got two items to highlight real fast. One good, one bad.
Sorry, Xbox 360
What should we do first? The bad or good? Bad it is. The Xbox One will not be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. The Verge had a chance to sit down with Marc Whitten, VP of Xbox Live. When asked whether or not the new Xbox One will play older games he said:
“No there’s not. The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective.”
It’s a bummer for most people, but understandable when you look at the technology involved. No word on whether select games may be updated as downloads for the future Xbox One. With no new Halo game on the horizon it looks like I’ll be keeping my Xbox 360 around.
Always online? Nay!
Now for the good news. Earlier this year the internent went into a frenzy when rumors circulated that the next Xbox would require a constant internet connection to play games. After the Xbox One reveal, Spike TV’s Geoff Keighly interviewed Don Mattrick, president of Xbox Live. Don went on the record to say that the Xbox One will not require a constant internet connection to play games. It will only need an connection for internet specific activities, like Xbox Live or SmartGlass. Individual games have the option to require a constant internet connection though, depending on what online features they plan to use.
We’ll keep you guys posted on what else we learn.
Source: The Verge
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That would be a new service provided to you. Perhaps it comes free with Xbox Live and the download and/or disc can be used to validate you are entitled to the stream. But now I'm just wishful thinking. If Microsoft had such a robust backward compatibility program then they would surely have announced it. EDIT: Although he did say X360 related news will come at E3.
Where have I heard that before? Ohh...Windows Phone 7 and WP8
The only difference is that MS said 'New Kernel' but this guy said 'New Core Architecture'
This is just outrageous, simply outrageous I tell ya...
Do have a beautiful yellow 920 :)
That could make late 360 games seem more appealing on the one?
A lot of livingrooms now have one of those new TV.
It's not as simple as "well okay, it makes sense that you can't put in a 360 disk and expect it to work". This is understandable.
The problem is for people who've bought countless of XBLA or direct download titles from 360 over the years of owning, and now they are expected to just pretend they never bought any of it and that purchase is now valueless. Imagine if you bought something off XBLA this fall or... got the new GTAV game coming out (which isn't on the new consoles)? Sorry, if you want to play that you'll have to skip over this new xbox.
That's really bad. You don't want to give your consumer base a reason to not get your new product. Going "oh, all this stuff you got for the lifetime of our product is now completely worthless, including all digital content" is a major issue for the majority of people who use the 360 currently.
The PS4 is questionable in this as well, but at least it seems like they have some kind of plan (if it works, that'll be the big question). I.E. it appears the PS4's solution to this problem is that all of your previously purchased content is avalble via Gaikai's streaming services - I.E. I can play a PS3 game I bought on my account through my PS4 via Gaikai emulating the game on their end and streaming the game to my console.
Oh, another downside is that this new console will not support used games at all, and they require forced installations for every game you own (You know.. one of the major irrations of the PS3 back when it first came out). When a game is installed, you don't need the disc anymore which is nice. Problem is if you loan your disc to a friend or sell/rent a game, they have to buy the game in order to play it. Can't post source because it doesn't allow links here, but it's easy to find this information, just search online for it.
In other words, this new xbox just seems just like my PC, except with none of the upsides of PC gaming. Infinite backwards compatability back to any game from the pre-2000 era of games, the utility of having a PC, a platform level of freedom that makes it so the indie gaming scene is the largest and best on PC, Steam sales and discounts proving how to do Digital Only the RIGHT way (and by the way, every game I get on Steam is compatable with every PC no matter how old that game is as long as the PC has good enough specs to run it), etc. This new xbox doesn't seem anymore than a "crap PC", and the features that it can do beyond what my PC already does is stuff that my SmartTV already does, gimmicks like voice activation aside.
I've never been so completely not-sold on a product ever before. At least the PS4 seems to offer convienece and gaming that my PC+TV doesn't already do, but I'm not totally convinced on that either.
IF the xbox one is using the XFINITY app to plug into television, that will be a huge let down.