GAMING: Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Wants To See More Companies Tackle Video Game Preservation

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Xbox’s celebration of its 20th anniversary was a bittersweet event this week, as the company announced one final drop of retro games getting the backwards compatibility treatment for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. With 70 games from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles arriving this week, Microsoft will now focus its efforts on other projects.

While the program of games preservation through backwards compatibility has currently come to an end on Xbox, Microsoft’s VP of gaming, Phil Spencer, explained to Axios how he wants to see the gaming industry join forces to make older games available through emulation.

“I think we can learn from the history of how we got here through the creative,” Spencer said, comparing how past works of art continued to find a new audience over the course of many years. It’s a joy to hear it in music. It’s great in TV and movies, and I see positive reasons to encourage gaming. My hope, and I feel I have to say it this way, is that as an industry we would work on legal emulators that allow modern hardware to run any-within reason-older executables allowing anyone to play any game. “

“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,” Spencer concluded.

The rest of Microsoft’s week saw plenty of highlights. Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries surprised fans with the release of the multiplayer portion of the game, an Xbox documentary series was announced, and Red Notice actor Dwayne Johnson announced a new competition where you can win a one-of-a-kind oil painting of The Rock revealing the original Xbox at CES 2001.

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