At E3, Microsoft announced that Xbox One will be the only console to support backward compatibility natively for select Xbox 360 games, for free, and all with Xbox One features including screenshots, broadcasting and GameDVR. Backward compatibility is one of the most-requested fan features, and more than 100 classic Xbox 360 games will be available at launch, with more to come. Microsoft has revealed that Xbox One Backward Compatibility is an Xbox 360 emulator that runs on Xbox One and is used to play Xbox 360 games. When you start a Xbox 360 game on Xbox One, a virtual Xbox 360 loads inside Xbox One to run the game.
“It was surprising,” Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer when asked to comment about Microsoft’s decision to provide backward compatibility.
“I didn’t think it was possible. There must be lots of engineering effort. They talked about 100 games, but what kind of games will be included? Is it smaller games or big games? We don’t know.”
He also revealed that Sony has no plans to offer the same in their PS4 console.
“PS3 is such a unique architecture, and some games made use of SPUs very well,” Yoshida replied when quizzed by Eurogamer.
“It’s going to be super challenging to do so. I never say never, but we have no plans.”