Microsoft reveal plans for an Xbox 360 emulator

Posted on 8 April 2014
By Ashleigh Panther
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Microsoft have hinted at the possibility of an Xbox 360 emulator being installed onto the newer console Xbox One.

When the Xbox One and the PS4 were released, there was a wave of disappointment when buyers found out there was no backwards compatibility, meaning that any games they played on the PS3 or the Xbox 360 would not work on the newer consoles.

Because of this, retailers kept the older consoles on the shelves alongside the newer ones as it became a deal breaker that gamers would have to buy a whole new set of games.

Sony realised that this was a problem and released news last month of a new online feature ‘Playstation 4’ where players would be able to stream games from past consoles from the online store in order to play old favourites.

At the BUILD conference, after being asked if there are plans for an Xbox 360 emulator, Frank Savage explained,

“There are, but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately. It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.”

This does not mean that if the emulator is successful, that you will be able to use old discs in your new console, but rather it would be something similar to Playstation Now, where you would stream games from Xbox Live.

Xbox users said they would be more than happy with this service, as long as it means they will not be charged a second time for a game they already own.

Although there is not any solid news on the emulator past speculation and discussion, it is certainly something to look forward to, giving you enough time to make a list of the games you will want to relive when it becomes a reality.