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Xbox Head Phil Spencer Calls For “Legal Emulation” Measures To Help Preserve Videogames From Generations Passed

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Calls For "Legal Emulation" Measures To Help Preserve Videogames From Generations Passed

Head executive of Microsoft's Xbox division had some truly great things to say about videogame preservation moving into the future

Phil Spencer spoke to Axios about his hopes to work out some industry-wide way to access older games on modern hardware. Thus preventing the need to jump through some hoops in the process of playing old games. Spencer suggests some kind of emulation standard agreed upon by giants of the videogame world.

“My hope (and I think I have to present it that way as of now) is as an industry we’d work on legal emulation that allowed modern hardware to run any (within reason) older executable allowing someone to play any game,” he wrote to Axios.

The Xbox head also goes on to state that the movie and music industry have found ways to keep old media alive. And this is true. You can still buy the original 1980 Friday The 13th for a modern blu-ray. Standalone, in box sets with the other parts, you name it they have it.

But when if you wanted to play King’s Field right now? The PlayStation 1 series that eventually became Dark Souls in a sense. Well, you need to buy a working PlayStation 1, or dust off your own. Then track down the copy of the game on eBay, make sure it is the correct regional copy since most of them are not in English. Then screw around with adapters and other complications. Or you can download an illegal emulator and run it on any PC bought within the last 10 years.

Phil Spencer Definietly Makes A Good Point About Emulation

 “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,” concluded Phil Spencer.

And I think Phil Spencer made some great points about emulation. I mean, emulation already exists. Illegal sites emulate PlayStation, Xbox, various Nintendo consoles. If a group of videogame enthusiasts can crack these consoles open and then remake them in the virtual space. Then what excuse can these multi-billion dollar companies produce?

There is plenty of people interested in old titles not available on modern hardware. How come not one of these companies is stepping in to monetize emulation in a sensible manner?

Nintendo goes out of its way to destroy fan projects that bring their titles to modern audiences. They seem so spiteful, so hateful, against any kind of emulation. And yet they offer no alternative to play those classic games in most cases.