Xbox 2 Backwards Compatability

Over the last few weeks more and more information is escaping from Seattle regarding the Xbox 2/Next/Xenon.

It seems that Xbox games will not work with the new Xbox. This may be due to the fact that Microsoft are using ATi graphics processors, but I don’t think that this would be enough of an obstacle. In my opinion, it suggests that they will be dramatically changing the structure of the Xbox. It may even suggest that they are moving away from the PC architecture, rather than towards it.

Another detail that has filtered through is the conformation that the Xbox 2 will not feature a hard drive. It will almost certainly be sold separatly, however, Microsoft may decide to use the remote storage system with Xbox Live, that they have included with the latest update, rather than storing user data on the hard drive. This may mean that the hard drive is not essential for online play.

We will just have to wait and see…

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