Report: Next Xbox Won’t Be Backwards Compatible With Xbox 360 Game Discs

According to this Bloomberg report citing an anonymous source close to the "situation," the next Xbox (which is codenamed "Durango" or is currently being called the Xbox 720) will not be backwards compatible with current generation Xbox 360 discs. Other rumors have indicated that the system will be pretty expensive – reaching the price point of close to $500 for the premium model of the system, though a cheaper model will also be available.

Bloomberg says that the new system will use the AMD "Jaguar" chip – the same AMD system-on-a-chip that will be utilized in the PlayStation 4. Because the game discs made for the Xbox 360 are reliant on the system's IBM PowerPC CPU, they won't be compatible with the new system, according to the source.

Rumors indicate that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event in May, though Microsoft has yet to confirm this story, nor has it spoken about today's news quite yet. The company also wouldn't confirm or deny if its new system will require a constant internet connection in order to play games.

Source: Polygon


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    CyberSkull says:

    You know, it's easier to emulate PPC (RISC) architecture than it is to emulate Intel architecture? So if anything, it would be easier to have an Xbox 360 emulator in the 720 than an original Xbox emulator.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    They want always on DRM, or no BWC the console needs to be 199 max, games can be bought via Ccard like cards, you swipe it in the system its registered to your account, the game,could saves,ect are able to be used anywhere on the network IE any console but only one at a time and you need to log into that unit. Games can be sold off just swipe them and everything is gone but achievements and saves. Saves of course can be downloaded to a USB device as can games, this way there are no data capacity issues.  Price of games will stay up but like steam you will get sales from time to time.  Since the games are sold via download cards and downloads it allows some competition and more volume of sales via using brick and mortar stores.



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    faefrost says:

    So the Next XBox and the PS4 will be running very very similar hardware architecture. Which means the games are going to be incredibly easy for developers to port back and forth between consoles,a nd there really will be no major performance or appearance differences between them. So buy one concole and buy the one that seems to have the feature set that is best for you. So long as SONY keeps the free to use PSN I think they will have my vote. They at least seem to be improving, whereas MS seems to be getting worse with every new story that comes out.

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    Imautobot says:

    There is something to be said for a newer console playing an old game.  Upscaling and anti-aliasing come to mind.  That, and how many power strips do you want behind your TV, and how many inputs does your TV have.  These are all factors.  

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    Truec says:

    You derned kids today with yer backwards compatibility.  Back in my day, you had to have every console you wanted to play plugged in and ready to go if you wanted to play games for it. And we had to stack our Sega consoles so tall that…

    I feel like I've used this joke recently.  My point is that if there's a significant change in how the system works compared to the previous generation, then it makes perfect sense that there wouldn't be backwards compatibility.  On the other hand, if there is no massive change like that, and the lack of BC is there just to screw with people, that's still one of the last problems I would take issue with compared to always-online requirements or any of the other rumors floating around.

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    Zen says:

    It is going to the PS4, but it's also been announced for the Wii U as well as the last generation Xbox360 and PS3. I'm very curious what they can do with the real time hacking along with the GamePad. :)

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Eh, I guess I was talking out of my ear there, however there are franchises on Playstation I really enjoy, and honestly, as badly as I'd like to play Watchdogs, I really hope it doesn't go to the PS4, sane hope I have for GTA5

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Unless I see some kind of killer app, which is the reason I'm even considering a PS4, I'll pass.


    I'd rather they NOT coaster my entire current game collection.

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    black manta says:

    Deal-breaker right there.  At least the 360 still plays my classic XBOX games: Ninja Gaiden Black (in HD, no less!), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Psychonauts, Hulk, Scooby-Doo: Night of 100 Frights, Jade Empire, Robotech: Battlecry, Conker: Live & Reloaded, Panzer Dragoon Orta, The Thing, Turok: Evolution, and Phantom Dust.

    Hell, I even have a copy of Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis, just for shits and grins!

    So nope.  Just like the PS3, I think I'll hold onto my Xbox 360.  Though I might want to get a more recent slim model as the 2007 model I have now might be showing its age.

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