We have some bad news for people who were hoping for backwards compatibility in next-gen consoles.
Bloomberg reports that Microsoft will be adopting the long rumored AMD Jaguar chip in its next-gen console.
Furthermore, they report that due to this switch from IBM PowerPC CPU, which powered Xbox 360, to AMB Jaguar chip next-gen Xbox will not be able to support 360 discs.
Here is an extract from that report:
The Xbox will use an AMD system-on-a-chip that combines powerful “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips, said one of the people, who sought anonymity because the plans aren’t public. The shift to the so-called x86 format ubiquitous in modern personal computers means Microsoft will drop the Power PC technology designed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), and game discs made for the current Xbox 360 won’t be compatible.
Keep in mind that Sony also has AMD powering its PS4 which is set to launch in the holiday season of this year.