1. Washed Up Former Child Actor's Avatar
    Imagine if Microsoft Made an official original Xbox emulator, they could have it free and then charge 8-10 bucks for games. This could be an exclusive WP (Mostly 1520 & Icon and other higher powered flagships) / Windows 8 tablet feature licensed by MS so Android never got their hands on it. If anyone remembers the first Xbox its survival is thanks mostly to the quality of its exclusive titles (Halo, Fable, Forza etc.). WP could really establish a foothold with a full Xbox emulator and a library of hundreds of games to choose from. Put this feature with wireless X360/Xbox One controller support (possibly make and sell new Bluetooth Xbox controller accessory specifically for this) and you have a hit. Imagine playing a full version of Halo or Fable on your 1520/Icon/Surface tablet etc. on a long plane or train ride. Allow the option to store the games/game save data on OneDrive,and you just might entice users to pay to expand their storage for the games. Or find a way to allow the games to be installed on Micro SD (creates piracy concern).

    Thoughts??? What would you all think of an original Xbox emulator for WP8/8.1 & W8.1 Exclusive to the Windows ecosystem as a new selling point mainly for WP and W8.1 tablet devices?
    03-04-2014 01:53 PM
  2. fdalbor's Avatar
    While it sounds like a great idea I think there would be a memory problem to deal with; plus the issue of the speed of an emulator on the phone. If someone could pull it off I am sure it would fly. Don't know if its possible though.
    03-04-2014 02:36 PM
  3. Kage Maru's Avatar
    This would turn out to be very bad. Consider how much more powerful the 360 is than even the high end phones. Now consider how bad some games ran through an emulator on the 360, I don't want to think about how horrible they would run on a WP.
    03-04-2014 03:10 PM
  4. Washed Up Former Child Actor's Avatar
    This would turn out to be very bad. Consider how much more powerful the 360 is than even the high end phones. Now consider how bad some games ran through an emulator on the 360, I don't want to think about how horrible they would run on a WP.
    No, no I'm saying an emulator for the ORIGINAL Xbox games (see GTA San Andreas). I just mentioned the X360 and Xbox One for their controllers being used as the controller
    03-04-2014 05:38 PM
  5. Washed Up Former Child Actor's Avatar
    Well it's far tougher to write an emulator for an Xbox game than it is for say an GBA game. Microsoft could do it and have it be official and not pirated 3rd party.
    03-04-2014 05:40 PM
  6. Kage Maru's Avatar
    No, no I'm saying an emulator for the ORIGINAL Xbox games (see GTA San Andreas). I just mentioned the X360 and Xbox One for their controllers being used as the controller
    I understood what you meant and still feel the same way. The 360 is more capable than any mobile phone but still can't emulate many OG Xbox games well. The WP emulation would be much worse.
    03-04-2014 06:12 PM
  7. DennisvdG's Avatar
    This would be so awesome!
    03-04-2014 06:27 PM
  8. Washed Up Former Child Actor's Avatar
    I understood what you meant and still feel the same way. The 360 is more capable than any mobile phone but still can't emulate many OG Xbox games well. The WP emulation would be much worse.
    GTA San Andreas runs pretty well on the Lumia 1520 (with the exception of touchscreen control being awkward for GTA).
    03-04-2014 06:48 PM
  9. Kage Maru's Avatar
    GTA San Andreas runs pretty well on the Lumia 1520 (with the exception of touchscreen control being awkward for GTA).
    Problem is GTA:SA doesn't run on an emulator, it's coded to run natively on your phone.

    If they tried to emulate the Xbox version of GTA on your phone, I doubt it would run.
    03-04-2014 07:07 PM
  10. Joshua Jackson's Avatar
    It, certainly, is a cool idea.
    I think the Xbox gaming should be a huge play for Windows Phone.
    I still don't understand why there wasn't a Halo game as a Windows Phone launch title.
    All the talk of Xbox games going to other platforms just gives more reason for people not to want to switch platforms.
    Something like this could be a big pull.

    While people talk about emulation speed, let's remember that we had a really good PlayStation emulator (FPSeCE) on Windows Mobile (400mh CPUs).
    The reason, to my knowledge, why emulation isn't so hot on Windows Phone is that the developers can't get into the internals of the CPU and eek out every last bit of power.
    If Microsoft released an official emulator, they could bypass all the security and restrictions and gain large amounts of resources.

    Of course, this is all wishful thinking.
    It would, likely, never happen.
    Even if it did, it could flop (Xperia Play, anyone?).
    JJ
    03-08-2014 12:56 PM

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