Game emulation and piracy are one of the most controversial topics among video game fans. On the one hand, emulation provides access to securities that are potentially no longer recoverable in any way. But it's also hard to forgive piracy theft of products and find ways to pay creators. Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about the subject in one recent interview, in which he stated that he hopes to see one day "Legal emulation".
Phil Spencer was talking to Axios about the latest Xbox news and all the new titles coming to Game Pass when he touched on emulation.
As video games continued to evolve as a medium, so did the concerns regarding the conservation of older works. Games from just a couple of decades ago are also no longer available due to hardware limitations or lack of supply. Plus, it's not uncommon for modern-era games to be canceled after just a handful of years on the shelves.
“My hope (and I think I have to present it this way as of now) is that as an industry we should be working on legal emulation, which allows modern hardware to run any (within reason) legacy executables thus allowing you to play any game"
Just this month, a number of backwards compatible titles arrived on Xbox Game Pass via emulation. Allowing an easy way to access older titles will do wonders for the preservation of the medium. Game emulation is certainly not a new concept, but it is illegal in most cases. With the success of Game Pass, it will be interesting to see if other companies in the industry adopt a similar model and introduce means to emulate older titles.