Xbox 360 backwards compatability
The XBox 360 has always promised backwards compatibility with software sold for the XBox. ItÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂšÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂžÃ‚Â¢s now been announced that the compatibility will be available ready for the UK launch date.
To start with, the new console will play 200 of the original XboxÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂšÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂžÃ‚Â¢s games including - Halo 1 & 2, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and all the Grand Theft Auto series. Support will be gradually added to the rest of the old XboxÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂšÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂžÃ‚Â¢s catalogue, ultimately leading to all first gen Xbox games working on the 360.
The behind-the-scenes magic is based entirely on software. To play the old games on the new console youÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂšÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂžÃ‚Â¢ll need to download a software patch which MicrosoftÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂšÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂžÃ‚Â¢s doing directly through Xbox Live, via CD burning on a computer hooked up to Xbox.com or by a CD in the post.
The XBox 360 is due for public purchase on December 2nd, 2005 in the UK. Amazon.co.uk are offering the premium edition for ÃƒÂƒÃ¢Â€ÂšÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â£279.99 delivered at the moment. Or you could opt for the cut-down ÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂšÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ…Ã¢Â€ÂœCoreÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â€ÂšÃ‚Â¬? system at just ÃƒÂƒÃ¢Â€ÂšÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â£209.99.
You can read more about the compatibility over at xbox.com.
Halo 2 online, halo 2 online...
I wonder if load times will even be faster :D
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