It's a hard fact to swallow, but the newly launched PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One do not — and I repeat — do not have backwards compatibility. If you are unsure of what this means, let me explain: the PS4 cannot play PS3 games and the Xbox One cannot play Xbox 360 games.
We all clear? Apparently not, because many misinformed Xbox One users found themselves with inoperable consoles after following an infographic with directions on how to "unlock" Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. The prank instructions was posted on 4Chan, aka Reddit's other half. That should have given it away.
While the prank has been squashed by Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, Microsoft's Director of Programing for Xbox Live, a quick scan of my Facebook and Twitter feed suggests there are still some unsuspecting people who followed through with the directions and ended up with borked consoles. I messaged a few users who foolishly followed the instructions to see if Microsoft will replace their units, and the response appears to be half and half. Some users have reported success in getting their units replaced by not disclosing the fact they followed the 4Chan prank's directions. Others have reported no such luck.
We wish the Xbox One could play Xbox 360 games, but the reality is it can't for one very simple reason: the new console runs different hardware. The Xbox One and the PS4 both use PC architecture, which makes them impossible to have disc backwards compatibility. While it's entirely possible (and both companies have even hinted at this) for PS3 games and Xbox 360 games to be remastered and streamed over the cloud or re-released as PS4/Xbox One-ready games, those details haven't been hashed out yet (if they ever will).
For now, you just need to suck it up and acclimate yourself to the (harsh) reality that the two next-gen consoles don't have backwards compatibility. If it makes things better, at least the Wii U does have backwards compatibility with old Wii games.
Via The Daily Dot