has word from Microsoft's Phil Spencer on a vision for how the gaming
industry can better preserve its history going forward. The crux of his vision
is to enable this through expanded use of software emulation to keep older games
playable on newer systems. This is very promising, but of course runs into a
problem at the core of the issue. The required support from the rest of the
Yes, but: Rights holders need to buy in.
- Microsoft itself just announced that the addition of 70 more games to
its catalog of emulated old Xbox games is likely to be its last, given
rights and technical limitations.
- An official industry emulation approach would require long-term online
support to offer game files and to possibly check if the user has the right
to access them.
- Spencer, whose own platform has some of these issues, still sees a path
forward. “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.”