Submitted by B-TENdotcom 197d ago | opinion piece

Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One: Is it Too Late?

Gabe Carey expresses his opinion on the recent report that Xbox One may later be patched with the functionality to play Xbox 360 games. (Frank Savage, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Neonridr  +   197d ago
Never too late. It would be a welcome addition for any Xbox One user.
ATi_Elite  +   197d ago
welcomed addition through...........

stiggs  +   197d ago
@ ATi_Elite

Clever. /s
ATi_Elite  +   196d ago
why so many disagrees?

YOu know Ms will do BC by streaming games and that involves.......Teh Cloudz.

I like saying teh cloudz and no i don't mean it in a derogatory way as I see CLoud compute as a viable solution plus like saying teh cloudzzz.
Charybdis  +   197d ago
X360 backwards compatibility would be nice addition. I thought (they still might) take the same cloud approach as sony is planning for their ps3 backwards compatibility.
UnHoly_One  +   197d ago
I hope they don't do the streaming approach, I don't want the input lag. Game streaming is a pipe dream.
DragonKnight  +   197d ago
Oh but cloud compute boosting console and game performance ISN'T a pipe dream despite being functionally the same? The hilarity.
UnHoly_One  +   196d ago
No I never said that.

Don't assume that just because I don't believe in one thing, I automatically believe in the other.

I don't think they are "functionally the same", though, either.

I think cloud computing could certainly be used in certain specific ways to do things in the background that aren't affected by the lag involved. What those things could be, I have no idea because I don't pretend to be a programmer.

Do I believe it can magically make something 4 times more powerful? No, not at all.
Baccra17  +   197d ago
True backwards compatibility would be awesome. MS should do it.
Gotcha5  +   197d ago
After passing down my Xbox 360 to the Kids,I would welcome emulated backward compatibility in the way of having a physical disc.This will make the Xbox One a true all-in-one system. Maybe they can use the cloud to also stream Original Xbox games to X1 /Tablets and Smartphones like they did last year with Halo 4 streaming demo on a phone. this all need to happen... I miss those days of Gears 2 and 3 as well M.K. Sholin Monks and Otagi.
Derekvinyard13  +   197d ago
I'm with you man really miss BC
dragongod64  +   197d ago
If they did that for xbox & 360 games then i may get the system
system plus game plus two controlers "MABY ?"
XGamer  +   197d ago
Exatley. I mean how could a few months be too late. If it were 2 or 3 years from now it wouldnt be to late. Some sites or other fanboys will say anything to get hits or be negative.
Hell 6 yrs from now wouldnt be to late.
blackout  +   197d ago
maniacmayhem  +   197d ago
I have to agree with this article. Unless MS can come out with an emulator now, then what's the point of later.

In a year or two the new consoles will be in full swing. The 360 is already to say the least winding down as more and more devs will start switching their production to the new consoles.

I'm not saying it shouldn't be done as their is a ton of back catalog games for the 360, but how viable is this effort, time and money if it won't be released for another year or two?
B-TENdotcom  +   197d ago
Exactly. I feel as though the only reason for Microsoft to bring forth backwards compatibility in a firmware update is if they can somehow monetize the functionality. Is that something we even want?
maniacmayhem  +   197d ago
I know I wouldn't want another form of monetization on my consoles.

The only thing I can think of how this would be a good idea is MS bringing free 360 games to Xbox One with their Games for Gold which they said they would.

But I doubt they would put in that much work just to hand out free games only.
DragonKnight  +   197d ago
You know that B.C. will be locked behind Live. Anything even remotely worthwhile on an Xbox platform is locked behind that.

Sony's no better in that regard. It's very likely that PSNow is going to have its own sub fee.

I personally hate how more and more corporate gaming has become and is continuing to be.
corvusmd  +   197d ago
Why would it EVER be too late? Not to mention XB1 hasn't even been out 5 months yet...so no, it's not too late. This would also mean that all of Playstation Now/Gaikai is too late...I don't think very many people would say that any of these things is "too late".
diehardmetallicafan  +   197d ago
late or not dude, the games PSnow would offer sh*t all over anything xbox.
ATi_Elite  +   197d ago
Backwards Compatibility is a WELCOMED Edition and I want it NOW.

I know the X360 and Ps3 have HUGE install bases but I'm sick of games being HELD back so they can make a x360/ps3 version.

time to move forward with this Gen full speed.

having backward compatibility will boost the XB1/Ps4 install base and force Devs to go BIG on the XB1/Ps4
MCTJim  +   197d ago
Personally, I dont care about backwards compatibility. I have my 360 and PS3 in the same entertainment cabinet. If I want to play a game from the older systems, I just fire them up.

But as the article mentions..no, its never too late if it ever comes. Any way to rid the living room of extra boxes is a plus no matter what system. If its true emulation, meaning, I just slip my 360 disc into the system, then I am all for it..but if I have to pay to play for games I already own..then just keep it..no interest here.
BladerunnerZX  +   197d ago
Backwards compatibility was a great feature on the PS2. PSone was still very viable and popular for years after the launch of the PS2.

I have a PS3 and 360 to play the older gen games if I want.

I got a XboxOne to play XboxOne games not Xbox360 games.
Phoceenatic  +   197d ago
The system is not even a year old- if its possible for them to do it then why not? It would be a huge selling point imho.
No_Limit  +   197d ago
Too late? It is never too late. Imagine in a couple of years when MS stop selling X360 hardware, it would be a great service to those that have a collection of X360 games and continue to play them in the future. It would also be a great way for MS to combine the X360 with the XB1 UI ecosystem and consolidating them into one store.
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SlapHappyJesus  +   197d ago
Why would it be? Backwards compatibility is an important feature and selling point, in my opinion.
Hell, decent emulation, even with its potential faults, is still a better solution than streaming, in my eyes.
LordMe  +   197d ago
Yeah. So I can play the 360 Titanfall on my X1... /s

Nah, b/c is always welcomed so bring it on!
micx  +   197d ago
It's never late.
jadephoenix  +   197d ago
$$$ was tight so i used my 360 to help pay for the Xone...would be nice to replay DA origins and DA2 while I wait for inquisition....
incendy35  +   197d ago
It is too late for both the PS4 and the X1 in my opinion, especially if they are going to charge us monthly fees to play games we already own.
iNFAMOUZ1  +   197d ago
Im excited to hear what Phil Spencer is going to do with xbox, this year is what last year was to Sony only bigger because of everything that's happened.
Exciting. Personally I hope both consoles show alot of survival horror stuff
SilentGuard  +   197d ago
The more features the console has and the more it can do the better, backwards compatibility included. Its never to late to add features and capabilities. On a side note, wouldn't think it would be to hard to add backwards compatibility for original Xbox games. The original Xbox was x86 based as well and although its an old and irrelevant console now, would be a neat feature to brag about.
SlapHappyJesus  +   197d ago
Think about it.

"The only next gen console that can play a Shenmue title". According to N4G, that should move ten million consoles in itself, right?
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headblackman  +   197d ago
microsoft will support x360 one xbox live for another 3-4 years from now. the x1 has only been out for about 4 to 5 months now. that's 3 years and some change worth x360 play that could very well get extended (depending on how successful it is and how loud the consumers voice their opinions on it).
so no! it's not too late. not by a long shot. plus the x360 was a top selling item (unlike the original xbox)
JasonKCK  +   197d ago
Pay for BC on PS4, or no BC on X1. That is one of the reasons I have stayed away this gen. PC is always BC.
Dlacy13g  +   197d ago
Considering its not here yet... I can't comment on it being "too late". When and if it comes...then we can discuss if its too late. For now... its MIA.
diesoft  +   197d ago
Would be great. Their track record on emulation backwards compatibility leaves me a bit nervous. Still, even if the only patch the popular ones, it's better than nothing. I guess.
ovnipc  +   197d ago
Late?? The console just released. The xbox one its getting better by the minute, frequent updates, direct x coming soon, new sdk for developers, MS is doing a really good job. Little by little its earning the gamers back.
mrpsychoticstalker  +   197d ago
Yessss please! Is never late.
Thump1967  +   197d ago
Please bring this Diablo calling me lol
maxallepi  +   197d ago
Abit late but always welcome.

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