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Xbox One could add Xbox 360 emulator, Microsoft teases

Luke Johnson


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Could the Xbox One soon play 360 titles?

Microsoft has teased gamers, suggesting that Xbox 360 emulation could soon be added to the recently launched Xbox One console.

A move that could lead to Xbox One owners having the ability to play their Xbox 360 games on their new consoles, the mooted Xbox 360 emulator has been confirmed as being under consideration, although Microsoft has remained coy on when it might be rolled out.

Questioned on whether an Xbox 360 emulator for the Xbox One is in the works, Microsoft’s Xbox development lead Frank Savage told Kotaku, “There are [plans].”

Metering expectations he added: "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.”

Although in theory this 360 emulation could offer Xbox One gamers the chance to play existing 360 games direct from disc, Microsoft could also choose to force gamers into rebuying the titles in digital download form in order to play them on the next-gen console.

Savage’s comments were reportedly made during Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference in San Francisco last week, a gathering that saw the Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system formally unveiled with its own Siri-esque voice control system, Cortana.

Until now, the Xbox One’s lack of backwards compatibility has been something of a bugbear for many gamers. To date the Xbox One has been consistently outsold by Sony’s rival PS4 console, with a lower price point and more gaming-centric focus aiding sales of the PS3 follow-on.

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April 7, 2014, 10:30 am

no it can't. its cpu is way too slow.


April 7, 2014, 10:49 am

Just give me an add-on option for under £50 and I would jump at it just to clear the space around my TV, especially now with the Games for Gold...I appear to be hoarding quite a large collection of digital games that I never get chance to play. Previous generations, I never looked back at my old games, but this generation leap feels different and I still possess some quality games that need completing, it would give a lot of people reason to upgrade to the xbox one and dismiss the PS4.

Matthew Bunton

April 7, 2014, 1:53 pm

I don't see the need for B/C a lot of us really wanted it for the 360 so that we could play original Xbox games on the then new console. However in all honesty how often did we all really end up using it?

During this transition period B/C is more important to us but in time with all the new games to play who is going to want to play older games. Personally I would rather have new games for my new hardware and just use my 360 as and when needed.


April 7, 2014, 4:42 pm

When you look at how half-hearted PS3 and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility was, it just doesn't seem to be a real system seller. But it might still be a money maker for MS, as this time around the digital download store is mature and broadband quicker, so they can monetise those old games without relying on shops to keep boxes on the shelf.

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