How good/bad is the 360's backwards compatibility?

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    I'm getting ready to buy a 360 and i want to play old xbox games without buying an xbox1 just for that reason. I've been hearing mixed responses such as alot of games work and alot of them don't, Would i be able to play KOTOR, Starwars republic commando, starwars battlefront 2, and conker live and reloaded? If the compatibility is bad can't a firmware update fix it?
     
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    Backwards compatibility. If the games work the chances are that they run well enough to play through and not really notice any problems. Whether the game works or not is very hit and miss though.
    Can an update fix it, sure but it does not look like MS care much these days (last update was November 2007 and there have been various mutterings of it being over: http://kotaku.com/342937/xbox-360-backward...es-winding-down ).
    One trusted list:
    http://mysite.orange.co.uk/360splurge/otherbc/bcuk.html
    cnet seem to have done something:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-9020_7-6557856-1.html

    In all truth though an original xbox and a softmod (hotswap or AR device) with a month on usenet is probably far easier (also softmodded xbox: one of the best media players in existence). Not to mention a great deal of the xbox line appeared on the PC as well and being slightly older most halfway modern PCs should not have a hard time running them (and they often appear in those $5 racks in shops.
     
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    If you're gonna burn old xbox games for your 360, that's gonna be a mess.

    Games widely accepted as "worth playing" pretty much got their patches. If you dig hardcore, 360's BC isn't really good. 50% of old xbox I wanted to play weren't BC compatible =(
     
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    <!--quoteo(post=1254427:date=Jul 5 2008, 11:42 AM:name=FAST6191)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(FAST6191 @ Jul 5 2008, 11:42 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=1254427"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Backwards compatibility. If the games work the chances are that they run well enough to play through and not really notice any problems. Whether the game works or not is very hit and miss though.
    Can an update fix it, sure but it does not look like MS care much these days (last update was November 2007 and there have been various mutterings of it being over: <a href="http://kotaku.com/342937/xbox-360-backward-compatibility-updates-winding-down" target="_blank">http://kotaku.com/342937/xbox-360-backward...es-winding-down</a> ).
    <b>One trusted list:</b>
    <a href="http://mysite.orange.co.uk/360splurge/otherbc/bcuk.html" target="_blank">http://mysite.orange.co.uk/360splurge/otherbc/bcuk.html</a>
    cnet seem to have done something:
    <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-9020_7-6557856-1.html" target="_blank">http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-9020_7-6557856-1.html</a>

    In all truth though an original xbox and a softmod (hotswap or AR device) with a month on usenet is probably far easier (also softmodded xbox: one of the best media players in existence). Not to mention a great deal of the xbox line appeared on the PC as well and being slightly older most halfway modern PCs should not have a hard time running them (and they often appear in those $5 racks in shops.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    From:

    <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibilitygameslist.htm" target="_blank">http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardco...tygameslist.htm</a>

    The <u><b>official</b></u> list:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    If you are into iXtreme, beware that your xbox1 games should be iXtreme compatible too in order to play in an iXtreme drive.
     
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    The 360 uses emulation for backword compatibility so it is not the best. Every game you will probably notice a few glitches here and there. I have rented a few games and a lot didnt work. But that might be changed now. For the most part they usually work tho. 360 and ps3 (exept 60gb ps3) use emulation while wii uses actual gamecube hardware cuz its not powerful enough to emulate but it runs 100% of games.
     
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    Don't say it's not powerful enough lol. Just say the Wii is basically a Gamecube 1.5 [​IMG]
     
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    No, the Wii really wouldn't be powerful enough to emulate a GameCube.


    Unfortunately I tried to play Spy VS Spy on my 360 and it didn't work... [​IMG]
     
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    erm i think your wrong, they wii is powerful enough to emulate the gamecube hence you can play gamecube games on it perfectly fine. Anyways that is off topic...
     
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    Uhm , no. The Wii has Hardware which is perfectly compatible with the gamecube , hence 100% compatiblity. Emulating would cost far too much performence and time spending on coding a emulator.
     
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    Wii - backwards compatibility using hardware : practically 100% BC
    PS3 20/60GB - backwards compatibility using hardware : nearly 100% BC
    PS3 80GB - backwards compatibility using emulation : not that great but more games are runnable every firmware update
    360 - backwards compatibility using emulation : not that great either, not sure if MS keeps releasing new patches for old xbox games

    If Wii emulated GC titles, it'd be able to run selected games considering the spec difference between GC and Wii. (Speculation derived from spec difference between PS2/PS3 and Xbox/360 and their respective emulation BC ratio)
     
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    This is getting off topic.
     

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