Why The XBox One Won’t Have Backwards Compatibility: Only 5% Play Old Video Games

The XBox One and Xbox 360 Compatibility issues across the web have gained a lot of comments from posters and fan sites, and their answers were discussed on Wednesday.

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Since the XBox One was revealed on Tuesday, many gaming experts and fans of the XBox have asked Microsoft questions about the lack of backwards compatibility of the unit. Microsoft has officially stated that the Xbox One will not be able to play the older Xbox 360 games and that has angered the gaming press and most of all Xbox fans around the world. As these fans have bought numerous games and made an investment into the xBox franchise, they feel slighted by Microsoft and the lack of being able to use these older games on the Xbox One.

5% of customers play older games on a new videogame system

On Wednesday, Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment business released a statement to the Wall Street Journal in an interview. In the statement, Don Mattrick stated, “We created something that understands how to be performant for all scenarios and all combinations”. So what does that mean exactly? Further in the game, he states that only 5% of customers play older games on a new videogame system, so spending time and money to develop technology to allow them to play older games isn’t worth it. A last comment by him stated “If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards,”.

It’s a very bold statement by Microsoft after the release of the Xbox One to further itself from current Xbox 360 customers so shortly after the announcement. With the Xbox franchise having so many customers and money invested in it’s ecosystem, Microsoft stands to distance itself from its fans with these statements so soon. A study done before the event by Fizziology stated 12% of fans would be unhappy if it didn’t contain backwards compatibility, but that number truly sounds low.

With the Xbox One, Microsoft it setting the bar for advanced gaming, cloud gaming, and the need for larger Blu-Ray games on its system. The engineering on the Xbox One is much different with the new chipset and that makes sense for the games not being compatible, and it should be interesting to see what the initial sales of the Xbox One will be later this year. Either way, Microsoft has discussed the concerns on the backwards compatibility issues surrounding the Xbox One and the Xbox 360, and squashed the fanboys in its path. For those interested in moving further on the Microsoft franchise they can, and those who want to stay in the past, Microsoft has given them a way also.

Published: Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 Last Modified: October 23, 2013

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