Microsoft Xbox Hardware Development (www.xbox.com) has stated that there is currently no plan to make the Xbox One backwards compatible with existing Xbox games. When asked about Xbox One's backwards compatibility in a recent interview with The Verge, Microsoft Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten stated "No, there's not." "The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective." That means that Xbox 360 discs won't work, but also extends to Xbox Live Arcade downloadable titles. Anything that was designed for the Xbox 360 will have to be rebuilt, and it sounds like Microsoft doesn't plan to do so.
Sony Playstation 4 has this same problem as their new console is built on a different chipset (x86), but they have promised their users that they will indeed be able to play Playstation 3 games at some point by streaming them from the cloud. When The Verge specifically asked Whitten whether the company had any streaming option or download option for existing Xbox 360 games for the Xbox One, he confirmed that there was no such thing in the works at Microsoft.
This petition is a request to Microsoft to make the Xbox One capable of playing the Xbox games of today. We urge you, existing and future Xbox owners, please sign this petition so that Microsoft will hopefully listen to and hear the public demand and in turn make the Xbox One backwards compatible.
* Xbox One (Codename: Durango / Xbox 720) is expected to be released in late 2013.
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