MS: You can plug an Xbox 360 into the Xbox One

Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb - better known as Major Nelson - has revealed that you can plug an Xbox 360 into the Xbox One using the new HDMI-in port on the console.

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mistertwoturbo1831d ago

That makes sense. Plug your offline device into the always-on one.

JoGam1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )


abzdine1831d ago Show

so if i plug my xbox 360 into it, how then does all the TV stuff work?

The_Con-Sept1831d ago

Does it support the master drive add on? Or the 32X

GrieverSoul1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

User: Xbox!
Xbone: Yes? *excited*/
User: Turn ON Xbox360.
Xbone: Ok.. *sobs*

Wenis1831d ago

Reminds me of this... (and we know how that ended..)

Kleptic1831d ago HDMI-in port is amazing...not only can you plug in your dated can also plug a PS4 in to it...

at this point...MS should be putting that in bold text on the One's box...

wishingW3L1831d ago

LoL worthy indeed. LooooL

EVILDEAD3601831d ago

@ Griever. LMAO + Funny BUBZ

OT. H3ll Yeah! I saw that interview and didn't really catch that at all.

If this really is true that I can plug my current 360 until the back of my ONE and get the UI and overlay like it was actually on the console then MS literally just solved the hole backwards compatibility issue.

Not only that now they are hinting at the PC as well? Which would be absolutely bananas if they one upped Steam box at launch.

It would be3 crazy if the Xbox One had some sort of Multi HDMI-IN adapter that allowed your cable box, your 360, and your PC/LAPTOP to be plugged in and used at will through voice like they showed at the reveal.

THAT would actually be revolutionary for a console.

We will see if this really comes true.


SecondSon1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

You plug an Xbox One into the back of your Xbox One and continue plugging in more Xbox Ones until you reach the Microsoft office where they will plug in a emulation machine that is a 360 with live TV!

Of course the latency lag would add up till it takes an hour for the live broadcast to reach your screen so it won't be live and the 360 won't run games without a disc so you will need to post your games to Microsoft so they can place them in your 360 and they won't let you put your hands on your games again.

You will also need to make sure that all your HDMI cable extender Xbox Ones are connected to a working internet connection for DRM purposes!

Gamer19821831d ago

Only point of plugging 360 into Xbone is to save on a HDMI slot on your TV.

justastranger101831d ago

Bad ass. 360 BC Hdmi in. Very cool.

SilentNegotiator1831d ago

"If this really is true that I can plug my current 360 until the back of my ONE and get the UI and overlay like it was actually on the console then MS literally just solved the hole backwards compatibility issue"

That's like saying that Ps4's lack of BC is solved by having a Ps3 -_-

Kevin ButIer1831d ago

OMG game changer! One day One confirmed, cannot wait to plug my 360 there just to say:



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malokevi1831d ago

Thats so sick. I was actually thinking about this a few months back... now that its confirmed, cool!

I wonder if there is a way to have more than one device through the HDMI in? If I had to choose between my 360, my DVR, and my PS4, I would probably opt for the PS4.

But, it would be great if I didn't have to choose.

I wonder if the Xbox would listen to the command "Xbox, play PS4"... *SYSTEM ERROR, SELF DESTRUCT SEQUENCE INITIATED*

vikingland11831d ago

I agree this is a good feature. It would give you an extra HDMI port. My TV only has 3 HDMI inputs. But no matter what features the xbox one has the sony fans are going to try to down play as useless or dumb. If this Feature was on the PS4 it would be cool also because I could plug my PS3 into my PS4 and free up an HDMI input. It is a neat feature.

Gohadouken1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

It is a feature ... but you guys sounds more like desperately trying to find positive stuff , when it's neutral , at best .

I mean are you guys serious ? You can find a 10-15 dollars hdmi switch in every electronic store , or 35 for some fancy one with 4-6 ports . And that's with at least some warranty it wont induce much input lag .

And the rest is done by smart tvs . But no as long as people aint in awe , you'll call them shills and trolls

malokevi1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

" But no as long as people aint in awe , you'll call them shills and trolls "


Shills and trolls? Where, pray, did any Xbox supporter call you that?

Pot... kettle... black. The only ones around here charging anyone as "shill" or "employee" are the Sony vultures that wouldn't admit Xbox had cool features if it could launch you into space.

Suddenly our enthusiasm for what is bound to be an awesome piece of hardware is a serious threat to you... I wonder why that is? Hmmm?

"desperately trying to find positive stuff"

This is genuinely cool, and something I have been curious about. I enter the article, surprised by the headline, express my honest opinions in the comments... and you interpret that as me calling you a troll?

What a sad, limited perspective you seem to have. Rife with hypocrisy, you are. Cynical, you seem to be.

Nobody's trying to sell you on anything. Its pretty clear that the people around here have long since made up their minds, and wont be persuaded by any amount of great software/features.

I'm merely happy to put in a good word where it is deserved, before a bunch of cynical Sony fanboys come storming in yelling about how "xbone is totes lame and DRM iz way ghey.... yada yada".

Yeah, we get it... you all hate Xbox and Microsoft. How about instead of trolling the boards like a bunch of little boys brimming with teen angst, why not take to the Sony comments and expressing support for their console/games?

Or is what Xbox is offering so good that you feel obligated to come in here and trash it to make up for the shortcoming of your chosen platform? Or is Playstation's offering so weak that there is no enthusiasm for it?

My money is on teen angst.

Death1831d ago

Yes, it is much better to get up and switch the HDMI or buy an adapter for more money. As stated above, if this was a PS4 feature, the XboxOne would get another $40 tagged to it's price since the PS4 did it for free. Gotta love it.

JokesOnYou1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

Gohadouken, Are you serious? the first top 3 posts are sonyfanboys trolling....NO this is not like the invention of the wheel but you can bet if this was about the ps4 there would be a bunch of high five-ing going on. Instead what we have are sonyfanboys showing their envy as more positive info is released about X1.

On topic this is a nice addition to keep my 360 revelant for a bit longer under my hdtv.

nukeitall1831d ago


It means you can instantly switch from an Xbox 360 game to a Xbox One game. It also means you get all the benefits of Xbox One multi tasking, including Skype usage, matchmaking in the background and so on.

You can't really do that with a switch, which by the way is a clumsy way of adding inputs to your TV.

But I'm sure you weren't interrested in the first place to take the time to learn.

CCninja861831d ago

Agreed, it is a good feature for people that don't want/don't care about the new features of Xbox One, but like the new look of the UI. This doesn't really bother me anyway as I am going to be getting an Xbox One and keeping my Xbox 360 at the same time, but at least there is some form of BC for the people that are really that desperate.

SniperControl1831d ago


Dude I am 100% sure that I can find you and HDMI extender bar cheaper than $499.

avengers19781831d ago

If it only has one HDMI in you have to make a choice, do you want to plug your cable box in and do all the TV stuff, or your 360 to play that...

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a_squirrel1831d ago

You can also plug a PS3 into the Xbox One... Anything with HDMI Out can be 'plugged into' the Xbox One.

TRU3_GAM3R1831d ago

The choice is hard!

kinder is all in one btw!.

s8anicslayer1831d ago

Hryb tackled other thorny subjects such as how long Xbox One game licenses - your new Xbox games library - will last for. Will they outlive the Xbox One?

"We haven't even started this generation so it's kind of early to talk about the end of the generation. That's certainly something that we would not do," he said, referencing ending support at the end of the generation. "That's not the way the system is designed - it's designed for flexibility. Let's get this system out there first."

Shouldn't they have an answer on that by now? I mean are you kidding me? The possibility of buying a game and it expiring come the following gen is retarded and anyone who is willing to "Jump in" on the Xbone without knowing every tidbit in complete detail is a damn bafoon!

RavageX1831d ago

I don't understand why this company has so much trouble with giving straight answers to questions.

We STILL don't know who these "retailers" are that will buy your used games or whatever.

HOW do you get to play your games if your account is banned? Is the license on your account released or something? EXPLAIN.

The talk about the One's UI being accessible with the HDMI "feature" isn't clarified either.

"He stopped short of explaining why you'd want to do that, but the inference from the question was that you might want to use the Xbox One UI, or perhaps make use of its multi-tasking while playing."

That sounds like a guess if I've ever heard one.

S_C1831d ago

I thought MS were marketing the xbox one as the ONE box for your living room, i guess not. PS4 on pre order ;)

S_C1830d ago (Edited 1830d ago )

what are you talking about Humorous ?, watch their reveal conference, listen to insten to interviews thats exactly how they are marketing it. before you go on about me being a ps fanboy or any other rubbish like that i own a 360

CCninja861831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

*facepalm* by plugging your Xbox 360 into your Xbox One using the new [HDMI In], you get to continue playing all your games and continue playing with the existing features on the Xbox 360. You do not make your Xbox 360 always online by plugging it into the Xox One, the Xbox One simply acts as a pass-through so that you can play your existing Xbox 360 games with the existing Xbox 360 features, but with the new Xbox One UI. For a more detailed explanation, read this article:

mossman1831d ago

The downside, of course, is that you are still running two gaming systems in your entertainment area -- and you can't play the X360 without running both systems at the same time, sucking up twice the power when only half of it is needed.

The big advantage is that TVs have limited HDMI ports, and a lot of devices can only connect via HDMI. So this helps that congestion problem.

brave27heart1830d ago

Are we really that lazy that instead of people getting off the sofa and changing the lead in the back of the tv we'd rather run a second console at the same time?

Im guessing the people who think this is a good think are either still living with their parents and dont pay the electricity bill or have too much money to throw away to care about the environmental impact of needlessly running two consoles.

rainslacker1830d ago

Unless you can actually control the 360 through that connection it seems like you're just adding another layer onto the UI of the 360.

I mean, will the X1 pause the 360 game for you? Will it allow you to jump to other menus on the 360 for multi-tasking purposes? If you decide to instantly switch to a X1 game, does the 360 game pause, and automatically switch controllers...or do you have to put the 360 one day, then pick up the X1 controller?

From the description, it just acts as a pass through. You will still need your 360 controller. I imagine you will still need a separate Kinect...since that seems to be so awesome now.

I guess it's useful if you want to retain some of the features on the X1 while playing on your 360, but realistically you could plug in your PS3, PS4, Wii U, or any device with HDMI out to retain those features.

EaziG1831d ago

What would happen if you plugged the PS4 into it?
...No seriously.

Condemnedman1831d ago

You would be able to have the best games at e3 on the Sony ps4 lol

TheGrimReaper00111830d ago

Considering that it is would just send a video signal like any other HDMI, I think it would work as well. I mean, how can the Xbox One know which system is connected via the hdmi? Imagine if there is also a command for that.
Xbox, PS4 on! =P
Nah, if it has voice commands, it'll probably be like
Xbox, secondairy system

KwietStorm1831d ago

Daisy chaining is so next gen.

mistecheese1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )


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Coltrane_C1831d ago

@Mister You Win Sir...Take a bow

Relientk771831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )



if you plug your 360 into the Xbox One, it probably like explodes lol

wastedcells1831d ago

Will my 360 have DRM and no used games ?

Jockamo1831d ago

So what happens when you plug two Xbox Ones into each other...??

MRMagoo1231831d ago

they join and become close to the specs of the ps4

TheGrimReaper00111830d ago

Omg! Imagine what happens when you just hook like a 100! They would get a mind of their own and destroy the world! =P

VaporCell1831d ago

Yo dawg I heard you like playing Xbox, so we plugged an xbox on your xbox so you can get your privacy violated while you play.

infamousinfolite1831d ago

"THE XBOX ONE FEAT. XBOX 360 (product sold separately)"

BABYLEG1831d ago

Sold separately? Every single person I know, that my friends know, and people that those friends friend know, whether gamer or not.. Has an Xbox 360.

dont let the internet fool you children. Xbox Will win next Gen solely because of the US. Dont let 100k fanboys speak for a country. Thing is, America loves Xbox. Sit and let it sink in. Just like Japan loves Nintendo.

Europe's a toss up. Poor Sony, no place to call home. Africa maybe, they wont have to worry about being connected. But dont expect to sell too many games

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millzy1021830d ago (Edited 1830d ago )

this is microsofts answer to backwards compatibility, plug a box into another box that needs to be connected to a tv subscription box then plunged into the internet, though it was ment to be an all in one entertainment centre, there's 4 boxes involved including modem.

Cueil1830d ago

Using that analogy it's their answer to playing your PS4 games on the Xbone

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mmj1830d ago

"How is it different than pressing the input button on your TV remote to switch between the two?"

You can say "Xbox on" or whatever and impress the IRL friends you don't have.

solidt121830d ago

it has hdmi in on it. you can plug anything in it. I can plug a PS3 in it too.

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Dannehkins1831d ago

So you can plug it in but he doesn't give any explanation as to why someone would want to do that...

Come again?

Software_Lover1831d ago

Xbox one overlay on the 360? You can also plug in your ps3 and ps4 or whatever else you want to. All Kinect features there. You can skype while playing a ps3/ps4 game. Multiple uses.

Sounds some. But it's there none the less.

NeoTribe1831d ago

So the cool features that xbox one does have are useless? Interesting.... Man now that I know I can uselessly plug stuff into my xbo one im gonna have to cancel my ps4 preorder. What an epic feature. Ty Microsoft for caring!

T21831d ago

So instead of plugging all my devices into my yamaha av/receiver, and control it with my logitech harmony remote, I could plug a device into my xbone, and do what exactly?? say "xbox auxillary port?" How is this feature in any way useful?

rainslacker1830d ago

But the overlay isn't on your 360. It's on your TV. The 360 will still have it's own UI that you have to go through, and you'd still have to control your 360 through the means available now to control it.

I mean, I guess it's an option and all...I just think he missed the point of the question. I think it was meant more along the lines of the Xbox Mini rumors that came out a while ago, where you could use the 360 using the X1's interface/features. Maybe not though. That video annoyed me because I kept looking at that thing on his head.

OT but if you want to be taken seriously, it's best not to have a dead animal on your head and act like a buffoon.

Rainstorm811831d ago

I guess to have the ability to play something game related if you have no internet, or fake backward compatability.

All i know is Xbox One is looking less and less like the All in One device its advertised to be...(X360, Cable Box, external HDD.etc)

OpenGL1831d ago

There's no real reason other than to access Xbox One features with your Xbox 360 game running. The reality though is the HDMI input will probably introduce a lot of extra input lag like Google TV, so you would never actually want to plug another console into the Xbox One.

Jdoki1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

I suspect it's just for daisy chaining HDMI devices.

So if your TV / Amp runs out of HDMI ports (for example if you have a PS4 connected ;) ) you could just chain your 360 through the XBOne instead of having to unplug devices.

Edit: And it could also have functions like many electronic company's add where devices 'talk' to each other - so for example I can control a Sony TV and amp through one remote. Controlling the 360 via XBOne is definitely feasible - especially if the new controller could work with the 360 via this - saves having two controllers / headsets around.

malokevi1831d ago

Lol christ, you people are so set in your ways that you don't know a good thing when you see it.

Basically, you won't have to switch inputs. You want to access your TV/Xbox360/PS4, issue a voice command and BOOM, instant switching, no waiting, no controller.

Absolutely necessary? No! A nice feature... yes.

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christian hour1831d ago (Edited 1831d ago )

Malokevi we can do that already, its called hitting source button on your remote control to switch the source on your tv or 5.1 decoder, and it happens instantly also :)

Or if you're fortunate enough to have a brand new Smart TV you can switch sources using motion gestures and, possibly, (I'm not too savvy on SmartTV's right now) using voice commands. If it's not a feature in smart tvs now, it will be down the line. In fact, (or it might just be my opinion, I honestly am an Idiot :P) everything microsoft showed the xbone doing is something smart tvs will be doing eventually, and at some point smart tvs will be cheap and available for everyone when they're replaced by whatever comes next.

I just don't see the point of it in a gaming console. And if getting an extra HDMI-in is some sort of blessing in disguise for those lacking extra HDMI ports in their tv, you know you can get a hdmi hub for cheaper than 499?

edit: @theoneb haha you beat me to it :)

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aLucidMind1831d ago

Dafuq? You responded to your own comment and directly disagreed with and insulted yourself lmao.

NeoTribe1831d ago

We understand you can talk to the xbox. Im not willing to give up my consumer freedoms for a cheap lazy mans gimmick. People act is if pressing the input button on your tv remote is such a time consumer. Lazy corporate American company at its best...

meatnormous1831d ago

My Onkyo amp switches automatically when I turn a device on. I don't need a 500.00 device to switch inputs for me.