Microsoft ‘thinking through’ Xbox 360 emulation on Xbox One

Monday, 7th April 2014 02:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s Frank Savage has said the platform holder is thinking about implementing Xbox 360 emulation on Xbox One – making your new console play your old games, in other words.


According to Kotaku, Savage was asked if there are any plans for an Xbox 360 emulator on Xbox One during Microsoft’s Build developer conference.

“There are, but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately,” he replied.

“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.”

Microsoft has several options if it implements an emulator – letting you use existing game discs for free; charging an import fee; giving you access to your Xbox Live Arcade library; or even just charging full price for downloadable Xbox 360 games playable on Xbox One.

The PS4 is not backwards-compatible with the PS3, although Sony’s PlayStation Now service will apparently provide access to PS3 games via the cloud.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. Fin

    “It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff.”

    Wow, really? They must’ve had their top research people on it to figure that out.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. mr_brannagan

    Doesn’t say anything about online capabilities

    #2 9 months ago
  3. mr_brannagan

    Guarantee it won’t be able to play the whole backcatalog of games though

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Kreion


    Do you think perhaps, maybe just maybe they knew all along how difficult it would be to emulate the 360 on the X1 – hence why it didn’t have it at launch. I mean far be it from me to say that a company knows what its own system is capable of.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. ManuOtaku


    #5 9 months ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    Opps iam on my phone and touched unintentionally reply, sorry

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Panthro

    I thought having no backwards compatibility was an exclusive feature for consoles?

    Don’t they want to keep what exclusiveness they have left?

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Fin


    Well yeah, but the phrase “turns out” tends to be used when you’ve looked at something in depth, then come to a conclusion. Cross-architecture emulation is a tricky business, not something it takes any sort of research or investigation to realise.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. dontbescaredhomie92

    Is nobody ever happy on this site?

    #9 9 months ago
  10. drewbles82

    This is the main thing missing for me. I dont get why its not a must have feature on nextgen consoles.
    Think of the amount of new people buying their first ever console, or deciding to try xbox instead of Ps/nintendo. Not only would they have the new releases to play but a huge backlog of games they could buy.
    360 is still going strong, i counted the other day ive 107 disc games and 97 arcade games and still loads ive never played. A lot of these games i will cont to play for many many years.
    Not everyone is a Titanfall/COD fan so if they bought an xboxone and waiting for games like Fallout, the next Elder scrolls etc, they got a long wait for some games.
    Id love to buy an xboxone and have all my 360 games including arcade ones, be even more awesome to have them instantly load. Its not gonna work this time round by re-releasing games we already own cuz theyre already in HD

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Legendaryboss


    #11 8 months ago

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