MS on Preserving Game History

Axios 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 industry:
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.”
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Nov 17, 2021, 19:12
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Nov 17, 2021, 19:12
 
Windows 10 only can emulate older color modes like 16-bit color. Games have terrible frame rate issues without 3rd party apps like DgVoodoo2.

Microsoft themselves can do a lot to help older PC games yet they do almost nothing.
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