Most 360 owners have no doubt compiled quite a library of Xbox 360 games over these past several years. Well, if you were hoping to play them on your new Xbox One, we've got a spot of bad news. According to Xbox LIVE VP Marc Whitten, the Xbox One will not support backwards compatibility.
When asked whether the Xbox One will include this feature, Whitten remarked, "No, there's not. The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective."
Sad as it may be, this does make sense when you consider the technological differences between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Today's big reveal event confirmed that the new Xbox would be running on an x86 CPU, meaning games designed for Xbox 360 just won't run on the Xbox One. Bummer.
Sony went through a similar transition with their PlayStation 4, which also moved on to x86. This basically means PlayStation 3 games won't be playable on the new console.
Oddly, Microsoft is also planning to skip out on offering old 360 games for streaming or download. Another move that's less than surprising, when you consider the Xbox 360s continued dominance over the market. The company plans to continue selling Xbox 360 consoles and games through Xbox One's launch later this year, with no mention of when the current-gen machine will be retired.