So you’d like to play your Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One, would you? You’d like to be able to ditch the older Box - or multiple Xbox units - and use just one machine, would you? As it turns out, the team behind major software builds for the Xbox One at Microsoft are considering backwards compatibility as a real possibility for a future update.
While we highly doubt this will be an announcement at E3 2014, the possibility of the Xbox One’s future ability to use older games is indeed a reality. This was spoken about at BUILD 2014 as well - Microsoft was "thinking it through" back then, and here in June, Xbox head Phil Spencer has given a quick tap to the possibility again.
One big reason why this won’t happen any time soon: Halo. There’s a new Halo collection coming to Xbox One eventually, if not soon - it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to allow the collection to be available through second-hand stores before the collection is available all at once from Microsoft itself.
One big reason why this might happen: gaming in the cloud. NVIDIA, OnLive, and Steam have all laid down their first hands for cloud-based gaming, and they’re all epic. Microsoft will eventually have to bring some heat to this category.