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Phil Spencer on Xbox One’s backwards compatibility

In the latest issue of Edge, head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer discusses what it was like knowing that Xbox One could support Xbox 360 games, and why 2015 was the right time to pull back the curtain. "This, for me, as a gamer and as somebody who cares so much about the brand, has been the hardest thing about not leaking it," he says. "I’ve wanted to tell people, 'Hold onto your 360 games!' There were a hundred times where people had to stop me from tweeting that out over the past six months, because as I would see a game that works I wanted to tell people: 'Keep it – don’t sell that! Even if you sell your 360, keep your games!'"

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Septic810d ago

"There were a hundred times where people had to stop me from tweeting that out over the past six months, because as I would see a game that works I wanted to tell people: 'Keep it – don’t sell that! Even if you sell your 360, keep your games!'"

Well the surprise factor at E3 made it worth it. Definitely worth keeping mum until then imo.

Now we just need an update on how the team are progressing with the BC games library.

t-hall785810d ago

Exactly... Thank goodness i decided to go digital midway through the 360's lifespan. Most of my games are in the HD. Bring em on out MS I'm waiting.

marloc_x810d ago

Considering my 360 library, this does peak my interest in an Xbox One 👀

jackanderson1985810d ago

a crazy rumor i heard was mid-july there'll be another bunch of games added in bringing the total of BC games around the 50 game mark

JeffGUNZ810d ago

Makes you wonder if this may indeed be true. Gears 3 is being offered as a 360 games with gold on the 15th and Fallout 4 pre order is up giving fallout 3 for free and it takes about a week or so to get the digital code. Wonder if they will be adding these soon. I hope so.

DragoonsScaleLegends810d ago (Edited 810d ago )

I wish Sony would support PS1 and PS2 games but I could care less about PS3 games to be honest. If I was going to replay anything it would be my favorites that I haven't played in a decade rather than games that I just played a couple years previous. Same for Microsoft I want the original Xbox to get some support which is the only one I owned but I would be interested in XB1 if they did support it. Nintendo needs to hurry up and support GameCube games but in HD this time, not that crappy Wii support that just shows them at there original resolution. I still find it bizarre how every console (PS4, XB1, and Wii U) killed off it's grandfather.

rdgneoz3810d ago

"I still find it bizarre how every console (PS4, XB1, and Wii U) killed off it's grandfather."

The Wii U had backwards compatibility off the bat and can play Wii game discs. The 360 was always PC like, which made it easy to program for. Backwards compatibility with the PS3 is a bit tricky since the cell processor is like nothing else, which resulted in devs taking a while to put out games on par (or better) with 360 versions.

Now that the xbone and PS4 are using x86, it should be much for backwards compatibility when the next gen comes around.

Death810d ago

It's amazing how many people choose to believe something instead of actual know something...

The Xbox 360 uses a modified PowerPC processor which is RISC based, not x86 like a traditional PC processor.

The PS3 uses a modified PowerPC processor which is RISC based, not x86 like a traditional PC processor.

What confuses people is Sony has always marketed their processors since they sell more than game consoles. They named their modified RISC processor "The Cell". Microsoft named theirs "Xenon".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

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EvilWay810d ago

Well Sony wants you to pay for your old games even if you own them already, and pay a ridiculous price may I add

donthate810d ago

@cobra:

It is widely known that just the feat of MS being able to emulate an entire Xbox 360 inside an Xbox One is amazing and a very technical challenge.

The problem with the cell is the incredibly backwards architecture. Sony went at it from a hardware designer, not a software and we all know software is all that matters.

I also want to add that normal programmers would call the "hierarchy of specialized processors of varying capabilities that no one has seen before or since." but instead called it a gimped core with one and a one shot pony. Point being, MS went with the right approach here and Sony went with hardware more suitable for cracking passwords than general purpose computing which is what you needed in gaming.

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3-4-5810d ago

* Welp...rebuying my 360 games.

I feel bad because he wanted to help us, but he could get in trouble or fired for something like that.

Rock and a hard place, but he is making the most of his position and time in charge.

* Glad they got rid of Ratrick.

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yarbie1000810d ago (Edited 810d ago )

I just wish I had been going to the marketplace to download the 360 games this whole time that are free each month.

Changing that this month. Grabbing Gears 3 cause you know it'll be coming to bc

Dlacy13g810d ago

Yeah I was guilty of the same thing. Luckily Gears 3 is probably my favorite of the series so I am pumped to get it back for free.

curtis92810d ago

All my friends told me I was crazy for buying most of my games digitally last gen. Well... least there's some payoff coming my way after they sold all their 360 games.

annoyedgamer810d ago

No one forced them to sell though.

MSBAUSTX810d ago

What sucks is that I bought another XB360 a few weeks before this announcement lol. Of well I can play them for now and then put my 360 in my sons room and he can play with it while I play my games on my XB1. Guess it wasnt a bad deal.

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