One of the easiest ways of getting users of one console to upgrade to the newest edition is to allow for their games to be played on the newest device. For Microsoft and the Xbox One, an emulation service may be in the works for Xbox 360 games. According to Kotaku Australia, the plans have been set in motion.
Here’s what partner development lead Frank Savage had to say on if there are plans for an Xbox 360 emulator on Xbox One.
"There are, 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."
We’re right in the opening week of April, so if development leads are hinting about emulation in the public, it could be just a two month wait before we hear any further confirmation; perhaps at this year’s E3 conference. With Sony already announcing PlayStation Now as a game streaming service for several gaming and TV devices, the future aspects of the PS4 are already in the works, and known to the public. While there have been hints at Microsoft working on augmented reality, them buying up patents could simply be to prevent competition from doing so, especially with Google Glass being in further development.
The future is a known unknown for the Xbox One, but backwards compatibility or emulation with the Xbox 360 would be a huge push in the market share in 8th generation consoles.
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