Games Digest reports that
Robbie Bach in microsoft‘s E3 press conference, confirmed that the
next Xbox console, the 360, would be backwards compatible with "top
selling" Xbox titles. This leaves the door open for microsoft to duck
out of full 100 per cent compatibility with the entire Xbox library.
Also in the press conference microsoft confirmed many of the leaks
over the last few weeks, as detailed here. Xbox Live’s basic package
(excluding multi-player online) would be free; game demos and trailers
would be available via the Xbox Live system, the system will ship in
Japan, North American and Europe in 2005; gamers will be able to make,
sell and buy virtual items to each other via a "marketplace".
Prize for the hype of the press conference went to Bach and J Allard
for declaring they want Xbox 360 to reach "one billion consumers". The
current system has sold just over 20 million.