Following the trend of backwards incompatibility, Microsoft has recently told gamers to keep their Xbox 360s if they have large digital libraries. That’s right; Xbox Live Arcade games will not be transferable to the Xbox One.

Until now, the idea of XBLA games being transferable was up-in-the-air, with Microsoft only officially confirming that the Xbox One will not support physical Xbox 360 games. The official confirmation of inability to transfer the XBLA games was given in a GameSpot interview with Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer. Here is what was said:

“Those [XBLA] games will continue to run on your Xbox 360 for as long as your Xbox 360 runs.”

“The box is not backward compatible and we think for somebody who invests in a large digital library that you want to keep your [Xbox 360].”

“You don’t have a separate identity on Xbox One or [Xbox 360]; it’s the same, you are you. My friend’s network is the same on both boxes, my achievements are the same. So we think that service component is an important component to keep constant across both devices.” — Phil Spencer

Microsoft clearly wants their consoles to co-exist, and claims that their current-generation console will be supported long into the future. The Xbox 360 is not dead or dying any time soon, something that may put fans still skeptical of the Xbox One to rest—for now.

What do you think? Are you glad to still see the Xbox 360 being supported? Are you disappointed that XBLA games will not be transferable?

Our Verdict

Noah Cherry
My first gaming memory is watching my older brother play Donkey Kong 64 and staring at the screen in amazement. From that point on I wanted in on the fun, and it drove me to become a gamer and took me to where I am today. I am very passionate about gaming and love the opportunity I have here to use my writing skills and combine them with this passion. Nintendo has my heart, but I expand onto all platforms, owning many gaming consoles and playing a wide variety of games. My favorite game of all time is Super Mario 64, with Okami coming in as a close second. Kingdom Hearts is probably my favorite overall series of games, and Wind Waker is my favorite Zelda game, although I believe Ocarina of Time to be the "best" one. I also loved Spirit Tracks. Aside from gaming, I am a student and heavily participate in Choir programs. I also participate in musicals from time to time, whether it be through stage crew or acting. For those concerned, I am a cat person, not a dog person.


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