Xbox 360 Emulation on Xbox One a Possibility Says Microsoft Executive

By Gerald Lynch on at

The transition to next-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles has left PS3 and Xbox 360 games gathering dust on shelves, with neither console offering backwards compatibility. To address this issue, Sony will be offering PlayStation Now game streaming in the future, and it now looks as though Microsoft is dabbling with an emulator for Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One.

When asked by a Build conference attendee whether or not Microsoft had plans to create an Xbox 360 emulator for the Xbox One, partner development lead Frank Savage replied:

"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."

Savage's comments align with Microsoft's initial stance on Xbox 360 emulation, in so much as the new console's architecture will be tricky to develop emulation tools for. It now seems that some progress at least has been made though.

Of course, if Microsoft ever gets Xbox 360 emulation into a workable state on the new console, that doesn't necessarily immediately mean that it's going to allow you to pop your old discs straight into its next-gen console. More likely, it'll use the feature as an opportunity to sell last-gen games through its Xbox digital download store, as Sony does with its PS One titles. Still, any opportunity to play old classics without the need for another box sitting beneath your TV will be appreciated, particularly for those that didn't have an Xbox 360 the first time around. [Kotaku Australia]