Microsoft “Thinking Through” Xbox 360 Emulation for Xbox One

Microsoft may be working on an Xbox 360 emulator for Xbox One.

While the company itself hasn’t gone as far as confirming that an emulator will be coming anytime soon, Xbox partner development lead Frank Savage has recently indicated that the company may in fact have plans to make Xbox 360 games compatible with the Xbox One.

“There are [plans],” said Savage, while speaking at Microsoft’s Build developer conference. “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.”

Time will have to tell, of course, if any of these potential plans come to fruition. That said, it’s possible that recent rumors pointing to new emulation options for PS4 could push backwards compatibility to the forefront of the competition between the two consoles. If that winds up being the case, emulation software for Xbox One could become a pertinent issue for Microsoft, especially in the added light of Sony’s PlayStation Now service which will give PS4 owners access to streamed PS3 games and is expected to launch this summer.

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