Report: Microsoft 'Thinking About' Xbox 360 Game Emulation on Xbox One

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Seeing what Sony has done with the acquisition of Gaikai, Microsoft is considering the possibility of emulating Xbox 360 on the Xbox One. According to a report on Kotaku, Xbox partner development lead Frank Savage said that Microsoft does have some plans on emulation, but they are still "thinking things through."

"There are [plans]," he said. "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."

Sony used the acquisition of the Gaikai game streaming service to create PlayStation Now to provide emulation of Sony's older games.

It's certainly a change in tone for Microsoft, who said back in November that a similar service of Microsoft platforms was unlikely...

Source: Kotaku


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Re: Report: Microsoft 'Thinking About' Xbox 360 Game ...

The emulation community probably realizes how hard it is a lot more than they do. The architecture differences is one of the major issues a emulator runs into. An example, Dolphin has only recently overcome one of the major hurtles, integer calculations in the GPU. Apparently untill recently, GPUs on the PC used strictly float calculations. They had to create a extraneous formula to convert between integers and floats for proper emulation, but it was no where near perfect. But as soon as they implemented on GPU integer calculations, it solved a huge pile of issues over night.

https://dolphin-emu.org/blog/2014/03/15/pixel-processing-problems/ It's an interesting read on this subject.

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