Xbox One Backwards Compatibility is Problematic

Xbox One wants to allow backwards compatibility via cloud, but it is proving problematic.

Xbox One wants to allow backwards compatibility via cloud, but it is proving problematic.

Microsoft is attempting to work with backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One through cloud streaming. This is proving to be problematic, according to the Senior Director of Xbox Project Management, Albert Penello.

A demo was shown of Halo 4 being played on a Windows PC and Windows phone in a company meeting. Penello expressed concerns over the demo being made public and wishes that it stayed private because it was only to be successful because of an extremely strong network connection.

It’s really cool and really problematic all at the same time, insofar as it’s really super cool if you happen to have the world’s most awesome internet connection.

– Albert Penello, Senior Director, Xbox Project Management

Penello goes on to say that network needs to get better for something like this to work. This means that if you plan on getting an Xbox One, but still want to play the new games coming out for the Xbox 360, you should keep both. The last thing you want is to get a new 360 game and find out that you will not be able to play it on the One.

Sony seems to be having similar problems with their backwards compatibility for PlayStation 4 as well, so the technology may not be there yet. The cloud backwards compatibility may not work very well, if at all, on the launch for either console, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work in the near future.

Looks like you’ll want to keep their predecessors.

Does this news make you think twice about getting a new console, or were you planning on keeping the old consoles anyway? Discuss in the comments.

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