The public face of Xbox, Larry Hryb (AKA Major Nelson), has had his work cut out over the last few weeks, trying to put a positive spin on much of the news coming out of Microsoft surrounding the Xbox One. Selling the plus points of an effective ban on trading games and a mandatory internet check-in every 24 hours can not be much fun after all. It seems however that he at last had some positive news to report however when interviewed by Reddit during E3. It seems that the HDMI input on the Xbox One will allow you to plug-in an existing 360 console.
“Absolutely; you can certainly plug an Xbox 360 in the back – that was one of my first questions when I heard about the [HDMI-in] feature. It’s the only console right now that has HDMI-in, and it’s going to absolutely allow you to plug in your, for instance, your cable, your set-top box,” Hryb said.
Exactly how this will work will no doubt be detailed by Microsoft at a later date, but it does seem at this stage at least as if we could be seeing a potential limited exploration of backwards compatibility. Of course if you are playing your 360 games through the disk drive of the older machine, and playing with your 360 pad then it wouldn’t truly be backwards compatible, but at the very least it could save gamers who own both machines from having to use separate HDMI inputs. If Microsoft could somehow use the 360 console as an ancillary device however, allowing you to play your 360 games through the One itself and use the new control pad, then they might well have a decent selling point, particularly as the Xbox One is the only console that could offer this functionality due to its HDMI-in port.