During a presentation at Microsoft's Build developer conference it was confirmed that Microsoft is indeed considering backwards compatibility for its current-gen console.
As reported by Kotaku, the confirmation came about in response to a question from the audience, where a member of the audience asked if there were plans for an Xbox 360 emulator on the Xbox One. There is something in the works, but nothing’s concrete at this time.
“There are,” Savage answered, “but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately. It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.”
It’s presumed that, should the Xbox One become backwards compatible, Microsoft would not allow you to make use of your old Xbox 360 physical discs. It is also presumed that the company may adopt what Sony is offering with its PlayStation Now service, and let you stream your old Xbox 360 titles to your Xbox One.
Microsoft has recently revealed that it has no plans to release further Halo titles onto PC following the launch of Halo: Spartan Assault on Steam. The co-founder of the developer of the Oddworld series, Oddworld Inhabitants, has also stated that the performance between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 is “getting comparable.” Interesting buying your own Xbox One? Check out our Joshua Bruce’s review of the console.
[ Kotaku ]