Disappointing news for current X360 owners [those looking forward to the PS4 are in a similar no backwards compatibility boat, at least for PS3 games], you'd think at least some Xbox Live Arcade purchases would be transferable. It'll be interesting following the comments on the gaming blogs where a very vocal contingent has continually bashed Nintendo & the Wii U, and yet Wii U owners are still able to any of Wii games they may own.
Microsoft's minty-fresh Xbox One will be unable to play Xbox 360 discs, nor will your multitude of Xbox Live Arcade purchases transfer to the new machine, our friends at Engadget have learned.
The incompatibility is due to the fact that the Xbox One runs on x86 processor architecture, whereas the Xbox 360 ran on PowerPC. This fundamental difference in hardware architecture prevents the Xbox One from natively running Xbox 360 games, regardless of how powerful the thing may be.
"We care very much about the investment people have made in Xbox 360 and will continue to support it with a pipeline of new games and new apps well into the future," a Microsoft representative told Engadget. Part of that investment will transfer, however: Your Xbox Live Gamerscore.
Earlier this year, Sony also announced that its PlayStation 4 will make the jump to a processor built on the x86 platform.