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Microsoft calls Xbox One backwards compatibility plans "extremely challenging"


Xbox Director Mike Ybarra has shared more details about plans to offer full backwards compatibility for the gaming console. Making games work on the seems to be a tough project with many complications.

Certainly, Xbox fans silently waited for an announcement after Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, gave the public a hint that Xbox One's backwards compatibility will be available up to the original Xbox gaming platform. Today, an update has been released and the company claims that the action will be a challenging one.

Mike Ybarra, Xbox Director of Program Management, said that the focus of this project is to make more games of Xbox 360 work, and that they were not looking at original Xbox 1 games on Xbox One yet.

Still according to Ybarra, getting the 360 platform was already a big challenge to them, and a “multi-year engineering investment” that would go all the way back to the original will definitely be a challenge to the team.

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Ybarra however did not want to completely dismiss the idea of extending backwards compatibility also to older games.

“We're fortunate enough to have a great [backwards compatibility] engineering team, who loves to take on challenges, and I'm sure they would love that one as an opportunity to go look at”, Ybarra added.

released an Xbox One system update earlier this month with a redefined dashboard and additional backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games.

So far Microsoft has provided backwards compatibility for 104 Xbox 360 games. According to IGN “New games will be added to these 104 on a regular basis starting in December. Games confirmed to arrive in the future include Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops, BioShock, BioShock 2, BioShock Infinite and Skate 3.”

Xbox One vs Sony PS4

As a competitor of Microsoft's Xbox One, Sony's Play Station 4 (abbreviated as PS4), only has a backward compatibility to PlayStation Now, a cloud gaming service. Also released on 2013, PS4's backward compatibility is only a cloud-based emulation which requires users to pay in order for them to play original PS3 titles.

Source: IGN

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