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.
Pretend Exclusive: A 3rd party multiplat, that releases for multiple consoles in the same window, in which all press showings and marketing are catered to only one console. Exclusive console bundles, being the lead platform, as well as timed exclusive/exclusive betas and game content also strengthen the claim. The final effect is that the uninformed gamer will be convinced that the version primarily advertised is the only and/or best place to experience the game.
X1: Titanfall, COD: AW. PS4: Watch Dogs, Destiny
Xbox E3 Exclusives: Halo MCC, Crackdown 3, Phantom Dust, Scalebound, Dance Central Spotlight