Tuesday February 07, 2017

Phil Spencer on Xbox 360 Emulator for Windows 10: "Never Say Never"

Blue Dragon and Halo: Reach on PC? Sure, why not. The Xbox boss is hinting that Xbox 360 games may be playable on Windows 10 in the future, although I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that he just likes to waste everyone’s time on Twitter. But if true, this would correlate well with Microsoft’s idea of being able to run your content on multiple devices (Play Anywhere). Plus, the library of backward compatible titles is at over 300 now and getting bigger at a steady rate.

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The Xbox One's backward compatibility emulator for the Xbox 360 is one of the console's key differentiators against the competition, but what if it could be even more? In an exchange on Twitter, Xbox head Phil Spencer said "never say never" with regards to getting Xbox 360 games running on Windows 10 via emulation. Spencer noted that it would be difficult to get backward compatibility running reliably across all the different types of PC hardware configurations out there, but closed with some degree of optimism. The idea of getting the Xbox 360 emulator running on Windows 10 certainly fits in with Microsoft's "Play Anywhere" vision, by which your digital library of content travels with you, regardless of the device you're using. Naturally, the technical hurdles to get this running reliably would be significant, but the Xbox software engineering team seem to enjoy a challenge.

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