If Xbox lusers are so concerned with backwards compatibility, why don't they just keep an old 360 around? Yet another reason why the PC Master Race is far superior to consoles. Just about everything that has ever worked on a PC will still work now. Granted sometimes you need a patch or workaround. DOSbox is a perfect example of one of those workarounds.
They need to sell their old consoles to buy new ones. That's how peasant they are
its incredible sad that they couldnt make them backwards compatible
anyone with half a brain could design a system to play any game on the previous systems
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the PC master race is "superior" because a great many people have spent a great deal of time to create workarounds. Microsoft deserves a lot of credit here, having maintained backwards compatibility as well.
But fundamentally, the PC compatibility issue isn't trying to also cross architectures. And that's a huge difference.Even so, backwards compatibility can fail -- oftentimes new GPUs + new drivers won't run as well in older games without modification. Drivers aren't tuned for old titles, so no one notices if a driver update breaks something in an old game.
Did you read the story? No, you couldn't.
The only way to keep the Xbox One seamlessly backwards compatible would have been to duplicate the entire set of hardware. Anything but that is *enormous* work.
There is a lot more negativity in this thread than usual...
Curtis; just because you don't like a console doesn't mean those that do are losers. The ps4 isn't backwards compatible either so unfortunately owners of both new consoles are losing out on this functionality.
You are fairly correct with your 2nd statement. I still have my copy of Unreal Tournament G.O.T.Y Edition from 1999 that I have installed into every new system I've gotten for the last 14 years. If it was a console game from that time period I would have lost the ability to play it a long, long time ago.
Kevin; why would that be a bad thing? Especially if you don't think you will play the old system much anymore why not sell before prices drop further.
Cliff; yes anyone can and Joel mentioned 2 of the ways in the article. No one said it couldn't be done but the article states several reasons why both new consoles weren't designed with backwards comparability.
From the get go, Microsoft said their system was not compatible with the old games. If it comes from the horses mouth, why hear it from an ass?
It confuses me why they do this... I would love to get one of these but all my games are xbox 360 games so it wouldn't really help me in the end
Not sure why the Wii U wasn't mentioned in this article - they did pretty much what Sony did with the PS3 and had separate HW to run Wii games; it's not the slickest way, but it works pretty flawlessly. After owning a console for a couple years, people don't really use backwards-compat b/c their library is replaced.
@cliff with Your incredible language skills and positivity I'm not sure why you arent the head of microsoft! Please design a system for the world, with your half brain.
"Sony's first generation of PS3's, for example, actually had a full PS2 implemented in hardware."
Really? Whoa. That's awesome!
The Wii U needs much less work to run Wii games because the Wii U kept the same CPU architecture. The Wii U chip = Wii's Broadway, clocked higher, and with three cores.
I guess that's why new TV's come with 6 HDMI ports, component, AVI, SVGA and HDMI splitters are a big Xmas gift this year. You have to keep your old hardware for at least two generations.
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