Backwards compatibility has to be one of the most requested, or at least, one of the most talked about features missing from the Xbox One. For some, keeping their Xbox 360 and buying an Xbox One wasn’t an option, which meant that they either had to sell their 360 or stick to the last-gen console for a little while longer.
That may change in the future though as Microsoft are considering some form of Xbox 360 emulation on the Xbox One which means we may be able to play Xbox 360 titles on our Xbox One, most likely via some form of stream similar to PlayStation Now or as a download via the Xbox Marketplace.
Last week at Xbox One and Windows technology session at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, partner development lead Frank Savage revealed that Microsoft are thinking through ideas to emulate Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One.
“There are, but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately,” Savage replied when asked if there are plans for an Xbox 360 emulator on Xbox One. “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 have always given mixed messages about their thoughts on backwards compatibility with former Xbox Chief, Don Mattrick, saying that backwards compatibility was “backwards thinking” which was contradicted by Microsoft’s senior director Albert Penello, who said that the Xbox One could eventually offer backwards compatibility, the company just has to figure out how and whether it’s cost effective.
With nothing definitive to announce it’s nice to hear that Microsoft are at least thinking of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, whether or not it’ll manifest into something soon is another question.
What are your thoughts on backwards compatibility? Do you want it, or are you happy with the handful of titles already on the Xbox One? Leave a comment below!