With the impending launch of a new generation of consoles comes the age-old question of backward compatibility. Microsoft confirmed today that the Xbox One will not be able to play Xbox 360 games, but that they do intend to continue supporting the Xbox 360 in the near future.
In addition to that, Microsoft also added that games will have to be installed on the consoles 500gb hard drive before they can be played. Following installation, users will not need to disc to play the games. As a result, purchasing used games will require players to pay a fee prior to installation.
Rumors of the “always-on” gameplay requirement were also addressed and according to Microsoft, Xbox One games will be available offline. However, it is at the discretion of individual developers whether or not to utilize the cloud technology that will be available within the system to require players to have constant internet connection.