Gamers are demanding backwards compatibility on the Xbox One – and it all makes sense, since we did pay a lot of money for our Xbox 360 games – and finally Microsoft decided to talk a bit about this and confirm the Xbox One backwards compatibility in the latest Microsoft Build Developer conference.
Since the Xbox One, just like the PS4, is not natively backward compatible, there will be the need of some sort of emulation to make older games work on the new console. Frank Savage, Partner Development Lead at Microsoft on the Xbox One’s use of Windows technology said that the company is working on creating such a feature, but it’s a bit difficult and it will take some time:
“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 would be nice to see that happen sooner rather than later, and I’m curious to see if Microsoft will manage to make it happen before the indie teams who are actively working at figuring something out.