Progress Report : Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility

Intel owns the rights to the Pentium III CPU variant that resides in the Xbox, and Nvidia owns the rights to the Xbox GPU and the audio chip that encodes Dolby Digital on the fly. Without ownership of these key components, Microsoft had to provide backward compatibility the hard way--software emulation.

To make the situation even more difficult, the Xbox 360 hardware has practically nothing in common with the original Xbox. Microsoft replaced the original Intel CPU with a custom-made triple core IBM Xenon processor, and the Nvidia GPU was replaced with the 48 pipeline ATI Xenos GPU.

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clayton6309d ago

Who cares? If you have XBox games chances are you have a working XBox. Why wastes drive space for updates on last gen games

OutLaw6309d ago

It is always nice to have a back up plan just in case people XBOX system breaks.

USMChardcharger6309d ago

all this article does is remind me of how freakn powerful that first black box!

TheMART6309d ago

Well, maybe because they get noticable visual better with all the extra's that the 360 does graphically to the old gen games?

Scroll over the images of the games at each page beneath. See the difference for example on Ninja Gaiden!

PS360PCROCKS6309d ago

I'm not sure but my 360 has yet to play any last gen game, I love the new ones too much


It looks like Counter-Strike 2 will launch next week

As if 2023 wasn't stacked enough Valve seems to be teasing Counter-Strike 2's impending launch

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Ben 10 Omniverse - God of War for Kids

Ben 10 Omniverse wasn't the first Ben 10 videogame, but it was a landmark title for actually making a decent game of a children's license.

-Foxtrot5d ago

Crazy that with how big Rockstar are they've only done GTAV and RDR2 within the past 10 years

Knightofelemia5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

10 years and on three console generations and they are still milking the game.

Flewid6384d ago

Cant milk something if people aren't buying it.

sadraiden3d ago

No, I think you can still say it's being milked if people are buying it. You milk a cow right? So you don't just throw the milk out, you sell it.

ClayRules20125d ago

Man, to think how excited I was when GTA5 released 10 years ago, today…wonderful times!

I’m grateful that GTA5 was a big success, sales wise on Day 1 with $800 million made and hitting the 1 billion mark by day 3 of its release of memory serves me correct, a groundbreaking feat, showcasing the power of the GTA name, it’s popularity and impact in the gaming world that knows no bounds, with continually striving to revolutionize the open world landscape, it’s always a thrill, thanks to Rockstar and their incredible team. But dang, that online MP, it’s a blessing and curse. Knowing it delivered some good times for my friends and myself, along with others all over the world (never spent a penny on it) but how people just bought shark cards, Rockstar just milking it, it just blows my mind how things could’ve been different if the MP wasn’t as successful or better yet, was as successful as it turned out to be, but R* hadn’t become greedy and changed when all that cash started to flow in from the online mode. Maybe then we could’ve actually gotten some other follow up games from beloved properties that they own such as Max Payne, Manhunt, L.A. Noire 2 etc.

Anyways, hopefully the money made from GTA5’s online will truly benefit both the SP and online MP modes (not just the online MP with the possibility of a changing world etc) but that the SP story/open world which I’m not too worried about really brings groundbreaking tech to once again revolutionize the open world landscape, while also expanding upon the amazing and revolutionary things that RDR2 introduced with the NPC’s etc. But also, referring to GTA6 there’s talk about R* having hired 20 people supposedly for just the new water simulation stuff that R* wants to accomplish with the game being set in Vice City, oh the possibilities.

Either way, I’ve been far removed from Los Santos and will NEVER be returning. I look forward to making my new residence Vice City, hopefully within the next year or so😂🙏🏼

chicken_in_the_corn3d ago

We definitely wouldn't have gotten any other games from Rockstar as they merged their studios to develop RDR2.

isarai4d ago

More like a decade to get over, make a new game instead of milking the same one to death.

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