Xbox 360 to get 180° compatibility
According to this
Q&A at Xbox.com, the Xbox 360 will ship with backward compatibility
for over 200 games (listed
here) at launch, with wider support to come.
Todd Holmdahl, Corporate VP of Microsoft's Xbox unit says this of the
We knew that our transition to the new and much more
powerful CPU and GPU would make backward compatibility challenging...
This is a huge feat for the team and is a perfect example of how
powerful the platform is because of the three-core architecture in the
CPU and the powerful GPU.
All Xbox 360 systems with hard drives will ship basic emulation
support for Halo and Halo 2, with a full emulator update immediately
available to Xbox Live Silver and Gold members. The update image will
also be free for download, and additional distribution options are being
Microsoft draws the line at supporting emulation on Xbox 360 Core
System consoles without hard drives, and the 360 will not transfer
content/saved games from an original Xbox. After all, a 360° is
about looking back, but ultimately moving forward.