Microsoft is 'thinking' about Xbox 360 emulator plans for Xbox One

Microsoft made it clear after the Xbox One was first announced in May 2013 that the console would not be backwards compatible with games made for the Xbox 360. Now there's word that the company is at least thinking about some kind of Xbox 360 game emulation for the Xbox One.

Kotaku Australia reports that during a session at last week's BUILD 2014 conference on the Xbox One, an audience members asked about a possible Xbox 360 emulator for the console. Microsoft Xbox team member Frank Savage is quoted as saying:

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.

In other words, don't hold your breath on any kind of emulator anytime soon. Even if such a project were launched, it's possible that Microsoft would simply re-release Xbox 360 games as downloadable titles for the Xbox One, rather than allow for old Xbox 360 game discs to be run on the Xbox One.

A few months ago, rumors hit the Internet of a "trick" that enabled Xbox 360 backwards compatibility for the Xbox One. That "trick" turned out to be a scam and the procedure only served to brick a working Xbox One.

Source: Kotaku Australia | Image via Microsoft

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elenarie said,

Really, VGChartz? The same website that reports that Diablo 3 sold less than 4 million when Blizzard already announced 13+ million copies sold?


Are you really trying to argue that the Xbox One is outselling the PS4? Seriously?

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Are you really trying to argue that the Xbox One is outselling the PS4? Seriously?

Outselling is not dominating.

VGChartz is a questimate joke site. Good luck with those numbers. The only hard numbers are the ones on the quarterly reports and even there Sony likes to lie and combine their numbers to hide facts.

The HD-DVD will not be supported on current Xbox One. So all those discs using that failed format are useless. It would be a download only service.

Then there is a question of storage space.

sanke1 said,
The HD-DVD will not be supported on current Xbox One. So all those discs using that failed format are useless. It would be a download only service.

Then there is a question of storage space.

XB360 games are not HD-DVDs. The 360 drive is just a DVD drive.

sanke1 said,
The HD-DVD will not be supported on current Xbox One. So all those discs using that failed format are useless. It would be a download only service.

Then there is a question of storage space.

No games used that format, so its not an issue for game compatibility.

sanke1 said,
The HD-DVD will not be supported on current Xbox One. So all those discs using that failed format are useless. It would be a download only service.

Then there is a question of storage space.

Just to be clear, you are conflating an external HD-DVD drive for Movies ONLY that was sold for the XB360.

It has nothing to do with games or the internal DVD drive.

Side Note:
At the time HD-DVD and BluRay were significantly slower than DVD Drives (they still are), and Microsoft wasn't going to reduce game performance on the XB360 just to gamble on a new media format for movie content.

I was not expecting this from MS. How can they be pro-consumer. Looks like Ballmer was really responsible for the mis-guided direction MS was following before.

Awesome news but I wonder how easy this is to do. Remember their attempts emulating Xbox OG games to the 360 was poor but knowing them, they probably only had two guys working on it. It looks like games for the 360 will still be coming out for a few more years so I would definitely be more inclined to buy an Xbox One over a PS4 if this feature was announced.

Biggest thing keeping me from XB1. I'd say the worse sales figures are the easier they'll find getting this done

trip21 said,
Biggest thing keeping me from XB1. I'd say the worse sales figures are the easier they'll find getting this done

you do realise they sold 4million + since launce don't you? Its true ps4 sold more, but both are outselling their last gen versions. I would say both are happy right now, and its always seen as a marathon not a race.

It will never happen the Xbox One simply does not have the processing power to emulate the 360, same goes for the PS4 and PS3

How can it be so hard for microsoft if even an individual can make it? This guy has done it (and still developing) http://xenia.jp/ and microsoft knows the entire API. Most of the system functions they can map one-to-one on a high level and they can use an recompiler for the other stuff. That is also how Dolphin works for the Nintendo wich runs fine on todays hardware.

Ramon Ennik said,
How can it be so hard for microsoft if even an individual can make it?
So if the XBox One hardware is not capable enough what do you want Microsoft to do? Magic? :rolleyes:

Well, if you see his video that the test game is running fine but slow in debug mode on less capable hardware, then the xbox one hardware should be fast enough.

Ramon Ennik said,
the xbox one hardware should be fast enough.
Doubt it, especially for FPSes where fps matters a lot.

when this emulator finally released, wont be long until it got reverse engineered and unofficially ported for PC & PS4

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