Xbox Live Arcade games don't work on Xbox One - "keep your Xbox 360", advises Microsoft

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has confirmed that Xbox One's lack of backwards compatibility also extends to Xbox Live Arcade games, and advised Xbox 360 owners who've built up a healthy stockpile to keep hold of their current generation consoles.

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SignifiedSix911727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

Software emulation? If it could be done, it would have been done on the PC already. You need a lot of power to be able to emulate the 360/PS3.

Even more impossible on a weaker CPU.

Edit: Hell, its almost impossible to even emulate the original Xbox on PC's.

decrypt1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

Well none of the Xbox or PS3 games will work on the next box. Console gaming just is this way. Its expensive. Console makers dont want console gamers having a games library at the start of a new gen, it just slows down sales of new games.

Console makers know most people wont be switching back and forth between new console and old console, infact most people will end up selling their old consoles. Which just means console makers can sell more new games.

My sympathy with console gamers who may have 50-60 games bought this gen as a games library or even worse those who bought HD remakes thinking its for collection (they might have to buy the same remakes again for the next box).

Personally i have over 175 games on Steam most bought on discounts, not a worry in the world about not being able to play them regardless of any hardware upgrade. Its for this reason those looking for a secure system where their games are safe and can be played for decades to come i would recommend the PC. As of this next gen PC literally will be having a better and more diverse range of games in pretty much any genre out there be it:

FPS, RTS, MMO, TPS, fighting games, platformers.

PC literally will have every platform beat in all those genres since every other platform will be starting with 0 games.

Blackdeath_6631727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

you can emulate ps3 games can't you ?also i doubt you need that much power to run an emulator this guy is doing it on windows xp using an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 which is really outdated in terms of cpu

SignifiedSix911727d ago

Look at how laggy that thing is though...

NarooN1727d ago

No, there are no working PS3 emulators out there. Any videos you see on youtube are fake. PCSX2, the only real PS2 emulator, took around ten+ years for the emu to reach a decent state to where a lot of games were playable with good framerates. The PS2 had an insanely exotic architecture which is why it needs an efficient CPU with a decent clock rate to get fullspeed on many games.

The PS3's architecture isn't any better, in fact it may be worse, which is why there's no real emu out right now for it. There's one in development, but the team is very small and it will be ages before games are playable, and that's IF they don't abandon the project or get more members.

Likewise the original Xbox emulation project was only being worked on by one guy in his spare time if I remember correctly, because there's not much interest in Xbox emulation. We wouldn't see a 360 emu anytime soon for architectural difficulties as well.

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3-4-51727d ago

If the games they are making are more like Original Xbox games then maybe I might think about buying XB1 once it drops in price or a good enough game is out.

I'll be fine playing GTA V on my xbox 360 and playing my PC + 3DS.

Getting a Wii U at some point so which ever seems to be more aligned with what I want ( between PS4&XB1) is the one I'll get.

BillytheBarbarian1727d ago

I will keep my 360. I won't need Xbox one.

THamm1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

Dude, exactly what I was thinking. They couldn't have put it better. bubble up!

BabyTownFrolics1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

I'm gonna buy the xbox1 and the ps4 cause I love to game.

Now watch all the disagrees....
or not

Kamikaze1351727d ago

I'm going to buy a 360 after the Xbox One comes out. I'm sure there will be a price drop, lol.

yugovega1727d ago

no wonder they expect to still sell 25 million systems. 360 owner will have to buy replacements to play any of the games they have bought. easy way to sell more 360s I suppose but makes your "one" even more unwanted then it already was.

sway_z1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

Didn't Microsoft make elaborate promises back in 2011 that Xbox One will play all Xbox 360 games and even improve them with upscaling and better frame rates??

...have gamers forgotten?

Microsoft have the collateral to ensure their games look amazing at E3, so that's at least 'One' thing to look forward to :)


sway_z1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

100% AGREE :)


testerg351727d ago

I may have missed it, but where/when did MS say that One could play 360 games?

Mustang300C20121727d ago

NO they didn't. If anything it was based on a rumor and it was highly expected that neither system was going to play the previous gen games.

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