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How Does Xbox 360 Back-Compat Actually Work?

Digital Foundry:

Rich spoke to Microsoft about how Xbox 360 back-compat and XBox One X enhanced 360 support actually work. We'll have more on this soon, but in the meantime, here are the top-line facts. Emulation, you say? It's actually a bit more complex than that.

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ARESWARLORD11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

It's a fantastic feature. I used to own an Xbox One but I got rid of it shortly after lunch for a PS4 and now I own the PS4 Pro.

I have to say that I have a huge digital Xbox 360 library and this has made picking up an Xbox One when it's on sale on boxing day quite tempting.

I also own a huge PS3 Digital Library and I really wish they never used the cell processor and I can play my PS3 games on my PS4.

However Sony now has it right going forward there's no reason we won't be carrying our games library with us

UltraNova10d ago

I agree with everything you said but i wish the CELL was embraced by the industry as it was a really innovative and powerfull piece of silicone full of potential( should it had been allowed to see further iterations). That way console tech would still be exotic and exciting while making PC gamers sweat in their uncertainty, like in the old days. No we have clearance bin off the shelf parts that are obselete a year before they were picked for a new console with some added bells and whistles (like adding pepper on a piece of meat cooked 2 days ago would make a huge difference).

Rant - fin.

zb1ftw77710d ago (Edited 10d ago )

That's not even remotely true.

Console hardware is custom built so that it can literally be manipulated in the most efficient way possible by the OS.

They are far more optimised than PC's which is why the XB1X see's results close to a 1080ti on your TV even though it only has half the physical power.

kevnb10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

An Xbox one x isn’t close to 1080ti... it’s close to a 1070 (which is still pretty good). The Xbox one x has a better version of a rx 580, so close to a 1070 makes perfect sense and it’s right in line with where I would expect to be performance wise on a pc. The big boost consoles get is the reduced overhead, this allowed them to use a weak cpu.
I feel like I keep explaining this over and over again, digital foundry has even done comparisons multiple times that show to get console performance all you have to do is boost the cpu to make up for the overhead.

UltraNova10d ago

@zb1ftw777
On let me refraise that, they are semi-custom obselete shelf parts.

darthv729d ago

Interestingly, if sony is able to recode (or patch) PS2 games and make them playable on the PS4 as PS2 classics then why cant they enable such a feature for people who have the real discs (like xbo does)?

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feju10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

MS isn't just beastly in software side, but also in hardware side now (e.g. surface, x1x). Just kinda weak in sales dept. Perhaps too many techno geeks working for MS lol

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freshslicepizza11d ago

Microsoft put in quite an effort to get older games to run, and it's a fan service.

Godmars29010d ago

Still say they always planned to introduce BC, only it was going to be a - additional - paid service. Part of what they wanted to do with used games. Then the always online backlash caused them to rethink it as a free - if you own original copies - gesture.

andydalum10d ago

What information do you have to come to that conclusion?

Sonic_Vs_Mario10d ago

Watching too many Sony fanboys propaganda videos

Liqu1d10d ago

It was planned for launch but the backlash to their DRM policies delayed it.

http://uk.ign.com/articles/...

XMarkstheSpot10d ago

He's just taking his frustration out with Sony on MS seeing he'd never discredit them. His whole rant basically describes what PS is doing atm with NOW

andydalum10d ago

@Liqu1d that means pushed back not that it was suspose to be a payed service.

Godmars29010d ago

@Liqu1d:
Sounds like it was no where near ready for launch. And at the time they had other things to worry about like the meltdown.

But when I say "service" I mean the very same thing they planned on doing with used XB1 games which was to charge for selling as well as buying, when what they're doing now is not charging you for old games if you have the physical copies.

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darthv729d ago

For the record, they were never going to block used games. They just said you had to trade your games into a retailer like what many people already do with games they no longer play.

It would have cut out the free market of you giving them to somebody or selling them on CL / Ebay but it was NEVER going to be blocked like so many people actually believed.

Godmars2909d ago

That was the exact issue: they were inserting a tollbooth into used games to the point games couldn't even be lent without their approval.

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