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The Xbox One can play Xbox 360 games.. sort of

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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

"Absolutely not,"

“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


  1. Rinceyouropinion

    June 18, 2013 at 11:29

    Too little too late. I am happy with my Xbox360 and my future PS4. Though good news about the banning as there was a lot being said over the weekend that the T&Cs state otherwise.


    • Argentil

      June 18, 2013 at 12:31

      Backwards compatibility via Gaikai is a better prospect. No console purchase required, after all. The trade off is that you need a really good line.

      The appeal is that current-gen 360 owners will be able to access some of Sony’s best exclusives on their PS4’s. This reverse is not true for the Xbox One.


  2. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    June 18, 2013 at 11:31

    Kotaku had an interesting one-on-one QA grilling with MS http://kotaku.com/the-xbox-one-believers-513819282
    They are listening to their gamers but the online DRM thing, well I doubt that’s not going anywhere after reading the responses from Phil. The online thing seems more like a cover up to add processing to the X1 rather than anything else.


  3. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 18, 2013 at 11:35

    So you can play 360 games through your One when your 360 is plugged into your One? ……. So now I can play Lost Odyssey while Skyping?


    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 18, 2013 at 11:38

      Haha! Finally!


      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 18, 2013 at 11:51

        I always wanted to be able to skype with my loved ones while playing a JRPG …. said no one ever in the history of 23 chromosomes


        • Mike E. Delta

          July 24, 2013 at 18:28

          You sound like you’re ashamed of your gaming preferences..?


          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            July 25, 2013 at 06:07

            No not at all. How so? Huge Jrpg fan … nothing to hide 🙂 being sarcastic about skype..clearly I need to up my skills in that department

  4. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    June 18, 2013 at 11:36

    Wow thats awesome…..OR…. you can play those games on your Xbox360 while not being online……


    • Argentil

      June 18, 2013 at 12:20

      Good point, I guess the online requirement would carry over. Why is this good news?
      I prefer to pack up my older consoles, and take them out when I feel like playing a certain game. FFXII has 220 hours invested.


      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        June 18, 2013 at 15:42

        It is a good idea. No mess no fuss.


        • John Ambitious

          June 18, 2013 at 15:47

          Amen to that


  5. Aussious

    June 18, 2013 at 11:41

    Wow connecting two console together for backwards compatibility that is an awesome idea how come no body has ever thought of this before? Wait…


    • Natty Dave

      June 18, 2013 at 18:09

      This is the best analogy because ms also wants to lead the way in using live action in games, like sega did with the sega saturn. progressive errogance on ms’s part, using old ideas and pretending your’s was the original, its like Trent Reznor making a remix cd of vivi(sect) and parading it around like something new because the majority of people won’t know the diference


      • Aussious

        June 19, 2013 at 18:57



  6. zombistyle

    June 18, 2013 at 12:23

    I think im going to plug my ps4 into my xbox one


    • Marc O Polo

      June 18, 2013 at 17:47

      and make kinect watch you play ps4 all day!


  7. Donovan Black

    June 18, 2013 at 12:32

    Gavin you’re so blatantly biased towards M$ and their Crap Box One. You’re pathetic….


    • Argentil

      June 18, 2013 at 12:34

      You can’t fault the guy for loving his 360. It was a good console. He isn’t advocating Microsoft’s practices, so it’s fine. Gavin, you gotta give up and get a PS4, my man. It’s
      time to move on.


    • Gavin Mannion

      June 21, 2013 at 08:36

      lol after being abused for being a PS4 fanboy for the last few weeks this is quite a nice comment to read


    • Mike E. Delta

      July 24, 2013 at 18:31

      You know it’s called libel when you just spread vicious rumors with no basis…nice to know Gavin’s not out for blood. =)


  8. Thats_how_I_Troll

    June 18, 2013 at 14:40

    Just a quick question, do you guys think that the guys out there will be able to create an offline server emulator?


    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 19, 2013 at 09:35

      Honestly? No. Xbox Live is a very closed system, and its very, very well encrypted. I just don;t see it happening.


      • Thats_how_I_Troll

        June 19, 2013 at 09:46

        hahaha, that was just a desperate attempt to get some feedback… Geoff, I didn’t only mean me.. I understand that E3 has kept you guys busy and I don’t expect the staff to comment always, you guys have a job. I just feel that the 10 regulars intimidates new user to leave comments…


  9. Thats_how_I_Troll

    June 18, 2013 at 15:40

    Should I change my name to get any response from you guys?


    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 19, 2013 at 09:34

      ahhh, Sorry, we’ve been trying our best to relax after bastard long flights – so have not been tending to comments as regular as we usually do.


      • Thats_how_I_Troll

        June 19, 2013 at 09:57

        Thanks for replying Geoff. I appreciate your effort. I like the fact that we as South Africans have a gaming site were we can lay our opinions for other South Africans to debate and argue about is awesome. We just need some people that can comment on actual experiences and not what they read about here and there. I have been in the IT industry for 15 years and gaming for even longer and what you read on the net is not always the truth, rather a short sighted written document of one guys opinion that goes viral…. I don’t go reviews as some of the most enjoyable movies and games for me have gotten rotten ratings… But that is once again the opinion and ratings of one person as there is no set standard…


  10. Thats_how_I_Troll

    June 18, 2013 at 16:13

    I think Lazygamer sucks!!! I am sorry to say, but it seems that they only care for a few!!! Got referred here by a friend, but see if you are not part of the click, your word means nothing…. So Lazygamer, your editors (if you have any), your staff and the click, can go F&#( themselves.

    Useless Biased site!


    • Gavin Mannion

      June 21, 2013 at 08:45

      Sorry didn’t see this before… what exactly is the problem? Also getting hold of us on twitter is quicker as we can’t read all comments


  11. Dongaah

    June 19, 2013 at 14:05

    Do you reckon that you would be able to play with people who are on an xbox one while you are on an xbox 360?


  12. Twopenny

    August 3, 2013 at 00:52

    NO YOU GUYS. PLUG THE PS4 INTO THE XBOX ONE. We can play both consoles at once!!!! We may unite these two rivals, so that all of the fanboys can be happy. Is your household split between Microsoft and Sony? NOT ANYMORE!!!! Although maybe both companies thought of this. And both put bombs inside of the consoles, so that if you put them together, they would blow up, because it is forbidden to combine the two.


  13. Xboxfullcircle

    August 11, 2013 at 19:13

    There are now disks for the xbox one, and now you can play offline.


  14. Game changer

    September 5, 2013 at 00:15

    I like Xbox but I thing it dumb u can’t put ur Xbox games in it I pre order gta5 and call of duty ghosts what the point in buy game when u can’t play them on that system hopefully in the future u make it were u can I might buy it but I’m go with ps4 but I’m stay with xbox360 let hope u make call of duty and them for xbox360 still


  15. former 360 future PS4

    October 18, 2013 at 07:38

    I’m going to PS4, since my Xbox 360 is no longer work…
    and Xbox 1 no support for 360 games…


    • former PS3 future Xbox One

      October 18, 2013 at 08:01

      I’m going to Xbox One, since my PS3 is no longer work…
      And PS4 no support for PS3 games…
      Oh, and GAMES, because of the awesome fucking GAMES!


  16. AlainaAnimosity

    November 6, 2013 at 19:53

    Actually, I would pick the xbox over playstation because even with PS4’s change on their controller to include triggers, it still is NOT comfortable for me to play for any length of time. I have a tendon missing in my left hand and the way the xbox controller is designed, I can play it for hours and hours without having any issues with my hand cramping up. PS has always given me problems after about 20 minutes because of the analog sticks. If they had the same analog placement, I probably wouldn’t have any issues.


  17. Graeme Willy

    August 1, 2014 at 20:43

    It’s stupid to have two systems sucking up power, when you only need to run one. Also, I’ve tested playing my PC games through my Xbox, since I only have one HDMI port on my monitor. This way, I wouldn’t have to keep unplugging one, then plugging in the other…there’s a latency/ lag in doing this. The HDMI in port is sluggish, shaving milliseconds off of your response time. You eventually get used to it, but once you unplug it and go direct into your monitor again, it becomes apparent.

    I’m big on backwards compatibility. Many people who purchase a nextgen console, trade their existing in on it, to save money. Backwards compatibility would make it so that you can still play your Xbox 360/ Original catalog.


  18. Greg

    September 21, 2014 at 04:13

    360 arcade titles I own…is Microsoft going to make those available for Xbox one,in the future? Will I have to re-purchase those titles? That would suck,because though I wouldn’t want to keep them all(some are simply one and done). The least MS could do is re-imburse some of the thousand points I paid for/used for games. I understand any given day,a game could be discontinued. Seriously,though,I’ve soaked a lot of money into Xbox. I don’t need games for the rest of my life. Society is really going with easily digestible,and disposable for all media,anymore. Maybe I’ll go back to Sony. PS4 sounds like the way to go,this cycle.


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