Xbox One team "built a virtual Xbox 360 entirely in software" for backwards compatibility

When news broke about the Xbox One receiving backward compatibility in the coming months, much of the internet erupted with joy. Microsoft was awarded praises from on-the-fence console buyers as well as from previously frustrated Xbox 360 users.

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DevilOgreFish1241d ago

" According to Bill, the Xbox team "built a virtual Xbox 360 entirely in software. And then we take the old 360 games put them in the emulation program that is built into Windows 10.""

Windows 10 can emulate 360 games? noway!

4Sh0w1241d ago (Edited 1241d ago )

Wow, that's sick.

-Also, if a lot of your favorites are first party, I'm sure they are going to be in the first 100+ list coming this fall:

"while waiting for individual 3rd party license agreements to clear, Microsoft will initially be pushing all first party titles into the program."

Bigpappy1241d ago (Edited 1241d ago )

People can try to down play this feature as much as it can bring them some sort of weird comfort. But this is a huge feature. And yes, just know you have the choice of that huge back catalog at your of physical and digital content, can entice many on the fence and some on the other side to finally give in and get themselves an Xbox One.

Things like this (features) add lots more value to the console.

AngelicIceDiamond1241d ago (Edited 1241d ago )

Leave it up to a company like MS to figure out this once thought impossible feat.

mikeslemonade1241d ago

Not sure what's more impressive: BC or fitting a 360 emulaton on a relatively weak hardware like the X1.

christocolus1241d ago


Its amazing what can be accomplished via software emulation.It would be nice if Xbox 360 games with gold were also made available on Xbox One from here on out.would be awesome.

sinjonezp1241d ago

With the fact that windows 10 is the platform for emulation, I wonder if you will be able to just pop your Xbox 360 games into your dvd drive and windows 10 will read them? This is pretty cool and exciting. I am sure there are significant hurdles to cross but if they can get to a point where you load up windows 10 and can access the Xbox 360 store and play games on your PC or from your dvd, that would be a awesome sell for windows 10 in my opinion.

Septic1241d ago

"It would be nice if Xbox 360 games with gold were also made available on Xbox One "

That's a really good idea and I can see it happening.

Also, similar with EA Access; EA could be giving away digital 360 titles in the future:

Watch this space!

kraenk121241d ago

I'll be impressed when really complex and processor heavy games like RDR will be emulated.

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sinspirit1241d ago

Yeah. They announced Windows XBox compatibility before. Obviously, it never happened. So, really they already had a lot of work done for this to be translated onto X1.

Blaze9291241d ago

lol yet people still doubt MS's capabilities to continue changing/improving the Xbox One through software...

Software Gods

MyDietEqualsGames1241d ago

if that is true and within the OS, I expect it to be exploited in some way. =/

kneon1241d ago

If it's true that Windows 10 will run 360 games then they are heading towards my suggestion from a couple of years ago. All games will be playable on Windows and the XB1 just becomes a living room friendly gaming PC for people that can't be bothered to build their own or just want the official reference platform.

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DarkBlood1241d ago

wait this is going to be possible when my laptop gets upgraded to win10?

or is this feature just for xbox one? doesnt matter too much because i got them all, just wishing to know for curiosity sake?

TomLovesXBOX1241d ago

if this is possible on my labtop, then I don't see any point in getting an xbox now.

JMaine5181241d ago

Wow these guys are amazing at what they do.

DevilOgreFish1241d ago (Edited 1241d ago )

They better Add Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero to the list.

4logpc1241d ago

PDZ is already on the list. In fact im playing it right now!

Mikefizzled1241d ago

He is sort of telling the truth. PAL versions of PDZ and Banjo N'n'B currently don't work. I haven't been able to get either to work since launch whereas PAL Viva Pinata games works fine.

holysmokesbatman1241d ago

kameo is on the list too.

AngelicIceDiamond1241d ago

All the Ninja Gaidens, Ninja Blade and Tenchu Z as well.

starchild1241d ago

Yes, thank you, those are important games for me too. Well, not Ninja Blade since I own it on PC, but I would still like to play those others.

Rookie_Monster1241d ago (Edited 1241d ago )

MS said all their 1st party games will be made BC on XB1 so no doubt Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Alan Wake, Shadow Complex, Halo Wars, Kameo will all be there at launch or shortly after. :)

Also, I doubted this emulator will be on Windows PC because of the thousands of different hardware configuration unlike the unified XB1 system. I CAN'T see Halo Reach running on my Surface Pro 2 but I Would love to though.

Mikefizzled1241d ago

You completely contradicted yourself there. All those games in your list are 3rd party Microsoft Studios published titles. I would love to see if Halo Wars gets an fps boost from this though.

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