I’m not big on backwards compatibility, if I have a large Xbox 360 library it’s quite obvious that I also have an existing Xbox 360 so I can simply use that. Granted extra features are always nice but lack of backwards compatibility is not a system killer for me.
We’ve already been told by Microsoft that the Xbox One won’t be able to play Xbox 360 titles but during an interview with Major Nelson we found out that’s not entirely correct. You can actually play Xbox 360 titles through the Xbox One.. if you have an Xbox 360 already.
The Xbox One is the only console coming to the market with an HDMI-in port and according to Larry you can plug your Xbox 360 into this port and presumably then play Xbox 360 titles while snapping in that annoying Skype chat.
In all seriousness this is actually quite an awesome idea and the most elegant solution to having two consoles that you want to use.
That’s not all Major Nelson said though. Another big worry is whether or not you would lose access to your online Xbox One library if your annoying brother gets you banned from Xbox Live.
Thankfully this won’t be the case with Larry answering
“You will always have access to the games you’ve purchased.”
That’s good to know, so look at that. Two good news stories about the Xbox One in one article.. is the tide changing?
Last Updated: June 18, 2013