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RUMOR: Next Xbox Won’t Be Backwards Compatible, Uses AMD Chip

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Posted on April 9, 2013 AT 02:50am

Surprise, Surprise, the Next Xbox will not support backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games, according to a new report.

Citing “people with knowledge of the matter” as the source, Bloomberg reports that due to the Next Xbox moving away from the Power PC of the Xbox 360 to a new x86 format the console will be unable to run current-gen games.

As much as we would have liked backwards compatibility I don’t think many will be shocked by this rumor. The PlayStation 4 also lacks backwards compatibility, however, Sony has managed to find a way around this thanks to cloud-based streaming via Gaikai.

Bloomberg also reports that the Next Xbox will be powered by a chip supplied by AMD–who also provide a chip for PlayStation 4. Rumors yesterday suggest that Microsoft are set to announce the Next Xbox at an event on May 21 and will release the console in November.

Do you really need backwards compatibility or can you live without it? Share your thoughts below.

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