The Xbox One will not be able to play any Xbox 360 games, according to a Verge report. This is due to the architecture of the two consoles being significantly different from one another.

 

“The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective,” Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox Live shared in an interview.

 

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is in a similar situation—the device will not be backward compatible with PlayStation 3 games.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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