Confirming previous suspicions today, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will not allow you to play any Xbox 360 games or allow the use any Xbox 360 controllers.
According to Microsoft’s Q&A on the Xbox One “Xbox One hardware is not compatible with Xbox 360 games. We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games—games that are architected to take full advantage of state-of-the-art processors and the infinite power of the cloud. We care very much about the investment you have made in Xbox 360 and will continue to support it with a pipeline of new games and new apps well into the future.” Microsoft also confirmed to Polygon that the Xbox 360 controller would not work the the Xbox One. The new controller though features an allow new d-pad, force feedback into the triggers and additional design changes to better the feel of the controller. The Verge is also reporting that the Xbox One will not be backwards compatible with any Xbox Live Arcade, Indie or Xbox Original titles.
This news is unfortunate, but not unexpected. The Xbox 360 only at launch supported certain Xbox Original titles, and even then it would often be buggy and require you to be offline. Sony is in a similar boat with the PS4, but has announced they plan on allowing streaming of PS1, PS2 and PS3 games, thanks to it’s Gaikai service, in the future.
To learn more about today’s Xbox reveal, take a look at our full recap of the event.
This reporter’s take: I have always seen this as a non issue. I still own my Xbox 360, and can hook it up if I want to play the games for it. Heck, I still hook up my PS2 every now and then and play Lord of the Rings: The Third Age or Dragon Ball Z Boudokai Tenkaichi 3.