Microsoft’s newly announced Xbox One console will not be backwards compatible, meaning your old library of Xbox 360 games will be unplayable on the new machine.
This lacking feature was confirmed by Microsoft Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten, speaking to The Verge. “The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective,” he explained.
It’s a similar situation to that seen with the PlayStation 4, where its new architecture is also at odds with the previous generation’s games.
However, whereas Sony’s console will allow gamers to stream old titles, Microsoft did not announce any similar features for the Xbox One console. When asked whether or not the console’s updated Xbox Live features would allow for older games to be downloaded, Whitten stated that no such plans were currently in the works.
However, Microsoft did confirm that all non-game content purchased on the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live will carry over to the Xbox One console, allowing players to carry over music and movie files.