The backwards compatibility features of the next generation Xbox have been put in doubt after rumours of a super affordable $99 Xbox 360 hit the internet over the weekend.
Speaking on the latest episode of the "What The Tech" podcast, technology blogger Paul Thurrott said: "I mentioned before they're also going to sell a new Xbox 360 code-named 'Stingray' that will be $99."
Such an affordable price makes it possible to argue the case that the next generation Xbox won't feature backwards compatibility, says Thurrott.
"You might look at that as two things: backwards compatibility, obviously, suggesting - I don't actually know this for a fact, but based on the fact that they're making one - I don't think that the new Xbox will play 360 games. But that I don't actually know, that I'm guessing."
He added that its $99 price point will also open the Xbox 360 up to a new audience as a consumer media box.
"$99, that's a real cool price," said Thurrott. "And so we know that the Xbox 360 does Netflix, Hulu Plus, yada yada yada, and you can make the argument that's kind of a low cost entertainment device, too."
During the same podcast, Thurrott revealed that he believes the next generation Xbox will be announced on May 21.
System defining games (over 70 on metacritic) not on the other. IMO these are the system sellers that matter. No amount of PS4 selling can take this away.
2013: Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct > Killzone Shadowfall
2014: Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive, Project Spark, Forza Horizon 2, Master Chief Collection > Infamous SF, Drive Club, Little Big Planet 3, Last of Us (IMO lacking in content compared to MCC).