2022-08-08

Xbox leader Phil Spencer wants to put more emphasis on game storage in the video gaming industry.Talk to AxiosSpencer said he hopes the industry will turn to emulation as a storage solution.

“My hope (and I think it should be presented that way for now) is that the latest hardware is running an old executable (for a reason) and someone plays any game. As an industry working on legal emulation to enable it, “Spencer wrote.

Currently, the three major platforms have very different approaches to gaining access to older games. PlayStation 5 is backward compatible with PS4 games and some games on older systems that can be accessed via the PS Now streaming service. Nintendo Switch players can access NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis games through the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, but there is currently no way to make a permanent purchase on Switch.

The Xbox, on the other hand, has significantly promoted backward compatibility over the last few years. Just this week, Xbox has added over 70 games to its latest Xbox console backward compatibility program. Among Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, Xbox is currently the only ecosystem that supports multiple generations of physical backward compatibility. Spencer says consistent access to games should be an industry-wide goal.

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“After all, if you say,’Hey, anyone should be able to buy a game or own and keep playing a game,’ it seems like a great North Star to us as an industry,” Spencer said. Is writing.

Spencer talked about many topics this week, including game NFTs and the sustainability of the Xbox Game Pass.

It was a big week for the Xbox.After celebrating 20th anniversary of the original Xbox, Microsoft released Halo Infinite multiplayer more than three weeks early. This boosts the success of Forza Horizon 5, the biggest launch of Xbox Game Studios in history.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant..