Unsurprisingly, The Next Xbox Might Not Be Backwards Compatible
This might be the only rumour that you can confidently putting your money on at his time. According to a new report which details supposed hardware being used in the next Xbox, Microsoft’s new console will not be able to play Xbox 360 discs.
The Xbox 720 (or Durango) will apparently an AMD x86 processor, similar to the chip in the PS4. This shift to the x86 format means that the 720 would nt e able to read Xbox 360 discs, meaning that backwards compatibility would have to be left up to software emulation. Like I said, not that alarming considering Sony announced the same thing with their PS4.
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The source, you chose to stay anonymous for once, claims that the AMD processor in the Xbox 720 combines “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips. When asked for comments, Microsoft spat out the expected reply, stating that they do not comment on rumours and speculation.
It’s somewhat expected that the next-gen of consoles would not be immediately backwards compatible. With new hardware come new software formats sometimes, it’s the small price to pay for advancement sometimes. If this is true though, let’s just hope there are plans in place to bring Xbox 360 games to the new Xbox through emulation.