Microsoft’s Development Manager Frank Savage revealed that Microsoft is thinking about implementing an Xbox 360 emulator on the Xbox One. Basically, what this means is that Xbox One owners will be able to run their Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One.
Kotaku asked Savage about the Xbox 360 emulator, to which he replied, “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.”
It’s going to be a hard process but Microsoft will probably give it a try. If they succeed in doing so, we will be able to use our old Xbox 360 discs on the Xbox One, but it might not be as simple as that. They might do what Sony does and provide the game for you in the online store or they might charge you a small amount as an import fee. Whatever way they choose, it’s something that will be very convenient for people who still want to play a few games that are out for the Xbox 360 and aren’t available for the Xbox One, and due to the emulator, more people will upgrade to the Xbox One which will have a great impact on the sales of the Xbox One.
Hopefully Microsoft will implement the Xbox 360 emulator. It will be nice to play a few non-played Xbox 360 games. Unfortunately, Sony fans won’t have the same luxury as the Xbox One users because the PlayStation 4 is not backwards compatible with the PlayStation 3, so no PlayStation 3 emulator for the PlayStation 4. Sony does have plans to introduce backward compatibility through Cloud with PlayStation Now.