Don't Fall For This Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Prank

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A spurious image has been making the rounds and implying that you can use the Xbox One's developer tool menus to make the Xbox One play Xbox 360 games. Problem is, the image is dead wrong and you could brick your Xbox One. Don't do that.

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Earlier this week, the inputs that let you access the Xbox One's developer menus surfaced. This is the stuff that's going to let game-makers everywhere use their retail consoles as games creation stations. And the instructions in the Backwards Compatibility Image sound like the kind of thing that will magically make Microsoft's newest game hardware into a last-gen + current-gen unicorn.

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But Xbox exec Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has warned Xbox One owners against messing with the dev tools. The tempatation to make your new XB1 machine into a two-in-one purchase is understandable. But who wants to roll the dice and wind up with a broken machine?

[via NeoGAF]

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It would be really great if the Xbox One was backwards compatible with 360 so I could just think of it as an upgrade instead of another console that has to be shared with my tv which is going to take up more room and wires. I don't really understand why the Xbox One isn't backwards compatible with the 360.

Is the architecture really that different from the 360? I know the reason why the PS4 isn't backwards compatible with the PS3 is because the architecture is really different between the two but it at least doesn't seem like the architecture is that different between the 360 and the One outside of using 64bit processor from AMD instead of the PowerPC Xenon.