In a wide-ranging podcast interview withThe Inner Circle, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer pledged to gamers that he's listening to feedback regarding the Xbox One's lack of backwards compatibility. He said he understands the value gamers see in playing older games on a new console like the Xbox One, and even teased that Microsoft may deliver a solution some day. "Back compat is always a hot topic at the turn of a generation, and I get why, especially on [Xbox 360] so many people bought so much digital content and it means that a lot of us, we're holding on to our 360s,".
However, in September, news emerged that Microsoft had been showing off Halo 4 running comfortably on both PC and Windows Phone as part of an internal demonstration of a prototype cloud technology. But this week, Albert Penello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, told Polygon it simply isn’t possible to provide a quality game streaming service to consumers at this stage. So what's the problem?
"The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective," Marc Whitten, vice president of Microsoft Xbox Live, confirmed to The Verge.