Xbox One could still be Backwards Compatible
It looks like there may be even more Xbox 180′s in store. Backwards compatibility looks set to join the long list of U-turns performed by Microsoft for their next generation console. The most recent include the apparent re-surfacing of the Home Sharing facilities, and the inclusion of a headset with the Xbox One.
DailyGame claim that a Microsoft Representative exclusively told them the news during a half-hour interview. “I’ve heard the backwards compatibility thing is still being ironed out and might happen. So don’t count on the answer being a firm ‘no’ just yet. They’ve really been listening to feedback, and that includes backwards compatibility for Xbox One,” he shared.
Don Mattrick, the now ex-President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, had originally implied that backwards compatibility wouldn’t be possible, and gamers would have to stick to their Xbox 360 if they wanted to play games designed for it. Then again, at the time, the Xbox One still had DRM limitations and a strict used games policy, so who’s to say what’s possible now?
The publisher of DailyGame included a note with the article to confirm that he had seen a scan of the representative’s business card and could verify the legitimacy of the source. However, even if the Microsoft rep was telling the truth, there’s no guarantee that he was correctly informed on the subject. On top of this, he states that it’s a possibility, rather than a probability, but given Microsoft’s recent actions the story seems to be; if the fans want it, Microsoft will deliver it. Unless, of course, ‘it’ is the lack of Kinect requirement or a lower price point. Still no word on either of those issues.