According to other resources there seems to be a “small” peripheral that will make the next Xbox play Xbox360 games via emulation.
A VGLeaks source stated an external peripheral for the next Xbox will serve as competition for Apple TV and provide the system with backwards compatibility.
the Xbox Mini’s price point will not exceed $150. The unit will reportedly require a network connection.
Here is all the info that VGLeaks has according to the Xbox Mini.
“The “Xbox Mini” is not a 360 add-on, it is a stand alone product that contains Xbox 360 functions for gaming, and alone it is meant to compete with Apple TV. Since it is likely it will not have a disc drive, it is being designed with “always online” in mind, and with internet being required for Live functions. Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games on Demand on Xbox Live (for new purchases) or if already purchased, simply download it. This also applies to music and movies. To further clarify, the Durango will also have these (TV) functions, just with next-generation gaming hardware instead of Xbox 360 at a higher price.
When used with Durango, it offers connectivity with it for backwards compatibility with both disc based and On Demand games, and it’s no more different than what Sony will be doing with Gaikai for playing PS3 games on PS4, only with Xbox it will be done locally and not through the cloud. You can control the Xbox Mini under a single interface and not have to worry about switching between devices in a single display input.
These connectivity functions cannot work with existing Xbox 360 units due to the difference in external interface. The Xbox Mini was designed for this along side Durango.”
If this rumor turns out to be legitimate this may seal the deal as for a huge interest for people who prefer not to give up their Xbox360 games and never having the option to play them again. I myself find this a great idea if it is actual fact. We will see if Microsoft makes any mention of this at the end of May when they are set to announce the Next Xbox.