If you’re a proud owner of an Xbox 360 with plans on upgrading to the Xbox One when it launches later this year, you may want to hold onto your 360. In an interview with Gamespot, Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer confirmed there will be no way to transfer your XBLA games to the new console, but “Those games will continue to run on your Xbox 360 for as long as your Xbox 360 runs,” he said.
My library of arcade games has grown substantially over the years, so this news is a little frustrating. Microsoft knows there are plenty gamers like me out there, but they don’t seem to mind. “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].” This decision seems especially odd seeing as we will be able to transfer our 360 gamer profiles and achievements to the Xbox One. Maybe Sony will allow this, seeing as their PS4 is so game-centric.