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360 Emulator could be coming to the Xbox One


360 Emulator could be coming to the Xbox One

Update: Confirmed

Microsoft’s Build 2014 developer conference is on its final day today and had some interesting bit of information come up during the “Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows” session. After the session finished, Frank Savage took some Q&A from the crowd and here was the very first question:

Q. Are there any plans for an emulator for the 360 games?

A. There are. But we aren’t 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’d love to see it myself too.

What we can gather from this is that the Microsoft team is indeed working on some form of emulation for either some or most Xbox 360 games that would run on the Xbox One. The main issue is the difference and difficulty in trying to get the PowerPC platform (what the Xbox 360 runs) to work in an x86 environment.

In the past, Microsoft had stated that they would try to port over select titles or marketplace games to the Xbox One, but this is the first mention of actual emulation planned for the newest edition to the Xbox family.

To view the hour long session for the Xbox One development at Build 2014, visit Channel 9 to view their video archive or watch live.

Kyle Lambert

As a Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Power Leveled, I help to bring gaming news to the masses. The Atari 2600 is where my gaming career started out and lead to a life long obsession. Which is only rivaled by my love for anime. I have a strong background in FPS games like Quake, Counter Strike, TF2, and Halo. I've been a top end game raider and PvPer in WoW during Vanilla and several expansion. Currently I focus heavily on competitive fighting games like Super Street Fighter IV: AE 2012 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. There is a good chance you will see me competing in tournaments in the Seattle scene. You can catch me on XBL if you are down for a set, my gamer tag is Ari3s.

  • Roy
    April 4, 2014

    I think focusing on highest online games first and arcade games could be best bet. Many are always afraid microsoft will yank 360 online support away so supporting Halo/Call of Duty games via backwards compatibility would help reduce those fears. Obviously I’d love if it was 100% BC but maybe a little bit at a time. Also Original Xbox BC please it ran on X86 so shouldn’t be too hard to get it running 100% (minus Steel Battalion).

  • pleasntville
    April 5, 2014

    Is this whats going to save the xbone, just curious cause the Cloud didn’t do it, Titanfall didn’t do it, DX12 didn’t do it, I doubt this will do it either. Just let the thing die already.

    • dan
      April 5, 2014

      Awwwww!! you’re a fanboy!! LOL 6 months into the next generation, and you want to let the xb1 die?!?! Get the F*&! out here!

    • lester
      April 5, 2014

      cloud hasnt been taken advantage of considering the consoles has only existed 4 months, dx12 comes out next year , and titanfall sold plenty of consoles in the u.s and uk ….

      you must be a special type of retard.

  • The Truth
    April 5, 2014

    People saying Xbone are non-gamer low IQ paupers at best. 100% BC without an Xbox 360 chip inside the box is not going to work and they shouldn’t waste time on making the PPC architecture with higher clock speeds work on the Xbox One. If they want BC they should just release another SKU with that option, otherwise it’s just a waste of R&D with the 360 still going strong.

  • Kamille
    April 5, 2014

    I suppose they are going to use the cloud to emulate it just like Sony’s doing with Gaikai to emulate PS3 games on PS4 because I really doubt they’d be able to emulate the games locally. I don’t think that a tiny weak netbook CPU like the ones on the PS4 and Xbone would ever be able to emulate any last gen games without the need of being ported.

  • David Lee Valliant Jr.
    April 5, 2014

    You realize they haven’t even started using the cloud yet on xbox one. At least not on the way they have promised.

  • Covert
    April 5, 2014

    pleasntville…live in reality much? It may not be #1 but in terms of sales is close to the PS4 and the performance gap is closing per developers. Why would they let it die? There is a TON of money to be made which is the entire point of this business….unless your the CEO that is. LOL.

  • ps4 flops in japam
    April 7, 2014

    The only console currently dying is the PS4 in Japan, it has now flopped which means one of two things, Japan are waiting to see the Xbox One especially with Titanfall and the exclusive Japanese RPG or Japan just have no interest in the PS4 especially as it has no user media capabilities other than pay a subscription to their music service, it doesn’t even have a cd drive..