Xbox Head Phil Spencer Shares Concerns On How Gaming Is “Losing Its History”

Phil Spencer shares his concerns surrounding preservation of games, and implores the industry to come together and preserve the medium's history.

Posted By | On 15th, Jul. 2021

Phil-Spencer

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer sat down with Kinda Funny Games to discuss a number of things, with topics ranging from legacy titles on Xbox Game Pass to the PS5 DualSense controller, and how he is worried about gaming losing its history. Check out the video below.

Phil Spencer shares his concerns on the matter and implores others in the industry to come forward to preserve the legacy of the medium. Xbox Series X/S can natively run many of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox’s titles, while Nintendo and Sony have relatively inferior implementations on that front.

“I do worry a little bit about losing our artform and the history of it,” Phil Spencer said (as transcribed by VGC). “When I think about old ROMs and MAME and these things of where these old games are going to go as the hardware that’s capable of running those games… I really wish as an industry we’d come together to help preserve the history of what gaming is about, so we don’t lose the ability to go back.”

Phil Spencer also proposes cloud gaming as a viable front for emulating these older games, since consumer-grade hardware might not have such horsepower.

“On preservation, one of the things that the cloud does offer us is the ability to throw more hardware at some of the emulation scenarios, to make it possible to really emulate… when the team figured out how to emulate Power PC instruction sets on a X86 set, which was how we went from 360 to Xbox One back-compat, we were kind of lucky that the Xbox One had enough processing power to pull off that emulation.”

Of course, its not possible to emulate every game, since many require specialized hardware such as the Kinect. On the other hand, Sony doesn’t seem to be on the same page, particularly with its decision to close the PSP digital storefront even after fan-backlash.


Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!



Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

God of War Ragnarok’s Rumoured Release Date Announcement Has Apparently Been Delayed

God of War Ragnarok’s Rumoured Release Date Announcement Has Apparently Been Delayed

Santa Monica Studio's creative director Cory Barlog asks fans to be patient, and assures that the highly antic...

Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empire Starting Positions Revealed for Some Factions

Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empire Starting Positions Revealed for Some Factions

Creative Assembly has revealed starting positions for some of the playable Legendary Lords in the upcoming Imm...

Pokemon Go Developer Partners with NBA for New Augmented Reality Game NBA All-World

Pokemon Go Developer Partners with NBA for New Augmented Reality Game NBA All-World

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has announced a partnership with NBA to launch a new basketball-centric AR game: ...

XIII Remake is Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 13

XIII Remake is Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 13

XIII is coming to Nintendo Switch in September. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions of the game are also gettin...

RimWorld: Console Edition is Coming to PS4, Xbox One on July 29

RimWorld: Console Edition is Coming to PS4, Xbox One on July 29

Colony simulator RimWorld is making its way to PS4 and Xbox One. The console release is set for July 29, and w...

God of War Ragnarok Will Reportedly Receive Something to “Give Fans Some Life” – Rumor

God of War Ragnarok Will Reportedly Receive Something to “Give Fans Some Life” – Rumor

Insider Tom Henderson says Sony and Santa Monica are "right now preparing to announce something," though it ap...