Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

Microsoft's Don Mattrick talks Xbox One, calls backwards compatibility backwards

Melissa Grey, @meligrey
May 22, 2013
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

One of the more controversial bits of news to come out of yesterday's Xbox One reveal was the discovery that the newly christened console would not be able to play Xbox 360 games. Backwards compatibility has been a sore subject for some gamers but Microsoft's Don Mattrick says the company is looking forward, not back. "If you're backwards compatible," he told The Wall Street Journal, "you're really backwards."

While the news was met with some chagrin, it's not terribly surprising. The Xbox One's architecture -- equipped with a new x86 CPU -- prevents it from being able to run games designed for the 360's eight year old Xenon processor. Additionally, Mattrick claims that players making use of backwards compatibility were a negligible percentage of their consumer base. While Mattrick's words are sure to stick in more than one craw, they reflect the reality of the market. With Nintendo struggling to juggle Wii games on the Wii U and Sony's Playstation 4 abandoning current gen PSN games, it looks like backwards compatibility is a thing of the past.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Curiosity rover finds evidence of ancient megafloods on Mars

Curiosity rover finds evidence of ancient megafloods on Mars

View
Netflix removes 'Chappelle's Show' after a request from Dave Chappelle

Netflix removes 'Chappelle's Show' after a request from Dave Chappelle

View
CD Projekt Red shows off 'Cyberpunk 2077' next-gen gameplay

CD Projekt Red shows off 'Cyberpunk 2077' next-gen gameplay

View
Comcast is expanding its 1.2TB cap to its entire 39-state footprint in January

Comcast is expanding its 1.2TB cap to its entire 39-state footprint in January

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr