Xbox One Will Not Have Any Backwards Compatibility

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Well we won’t lie, here at Buy Xbox One UK we expected the new Xbox One to be fully compatible with old content available on the 360.  It turns out we were wrong, the new Xbox One will not feature any backwards compatibility for existing Xbox 360 games. Don't get us wrong we are sure you will still want to buy it!

They claim that the new console was built from the ground up and therefore the ability to make old games work with the new system would have been far too costly to implement. This will come as a disappointment to anyone who owns a 360 with a big catalogue of games because it means you can only play them whilst your old console keeps running and who knows how long it will survive for.

It also means all the games you have purchased through the existing Xbox Live will not longer work on your new device.  But on a brighter note you will have a whole range of shiny coffee cup mats to use!

All movie and music purchases will carry over to your new console, and once you are connected it will be available on both your new Xbox and your old 360. Although the new console has 500GB storage drive you can also store these movies in your new unlimited Xbox Cloud.  You can find our more about these features in our previous article here.

It isn’t clear yet if developers of popular indie games plan to remake these classics for the Xbox One, potentially those not working on ground breaking sequels might decide it is worth converting their older games into something usable on the new console. Of course expect them to charge you for the pleasure, and this is not something we are likely to see until at least the middle of next year.

So, we know old games won’t be backwards compatible but movies and media will be, so what about accessories? Well once again no surprises here, the new console will not work with old accessories it’s that simple. Basically they claim that the new accessories include new technologies which allow for faster transmission of data and more advanced plug-in additions for the controllers, this includes their new headset and the controller’s interaction with the new Kinect. Microsoft has yet to confirm the pricing for the new pads, but expect them to be in the region of £40- £50 at launch.

Overall we are not overly happy about the lack of backwards compatibility for the Xbox 360,  we hope some developers will set out to re-make some of the better Live games for the new console, but we won’t hold our breath!Well we won’t lie, here at Buy Xbox One UK we expected the new Xbox One to be fully compatible with old content available on the 360.  It turns out we were wrong, the new Xbox One will not feature any backwards compatibility for existing Xbox 360 games. So if you do decide to buy an Xbox One will you keep your original Xbox 360?

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