Phil Spencer would like the whole industry to support legal emulation to preserve video games.
The preservation of video games has always been a very thorny topic for the gaming sector, since with emulation you often walk on a gray line that on several occasions leads to illegality.
For this reason, according to Phil Spencer , it would be important for the entire videogame industry to collaborate in order to support legal emulation on each platform, thus abandoning the backward compatibility of Xbox Series X and Series S in order to preserve video games even after some time. .
This is a topic that is very close to the heart of the Redmond house, as demonstrated by the recent announcement of 76 backward compatible games added to the catalog .
Unfortunately, however, it will be the latest titles that have been made possible: Xbox has explained that they will not be able to add others due to technical and licensing limits .
These are inevitably limits that hinder the preservation of video games for the future: which is why Phil Spencer would like to push strongly towards greater support for legal emulation.
In an interview with Axios, Phil Spencer hopes that in the future every console will become able to allow the use of every game released on all previous generation consoles :
“My hope (and I think I have to present it that way as of now) is as an industry we’d work on legal emulation that allowed modern hardware to run any (within reason) older executable allowing someone to play any game.”
“I think in the end, if we said, ‘Hey, anybody should be able to buy any game, or own any game and continue to play,’ that seems like a great North Star for us as an industry.”
Phil Spencer’s hope is therefore that in the future it may be possible to overcome the hardware limits and allow any game you own in the various generations to be used on new consoles as well, without any new limits related to technologies or any licenses.
Who knows if even Nintendo and Sony , platform holders who have decided to use very different strategies for the preservation of video games, will decide to listen to the appeal of the Xbox boss for the future.
Of course, the legal emulation must also be adequate in order to make the most of the titles: therefore, cases such as that of the Switch Online Additional Package, with which several users have had problems running Nintendo 64 games, must not occur .