Phil Spencer wants to extend Xbox backwards compatibility to PC

Posted June 25, 2017

Spencer claims that the Xbox One X is on another level compared to Sony's top end console to date.

"If you just look at the specs of what this box is, it's in a different league than any other console that's out there", the Xbox boss added. Xbox One X is the more powerful device by quite a margin, but most people see the two consoles as direct competitors. Microsoft unveiled an augmented reality headset called Hololens a year ago, so it seems that Xbox might be working to integrate that technology into their platform.

Xbox One X was recently announced at E3 2017.

Phil Spencer, the head honcho over at Xbox, has acknowledged that officially emulating an Xbox on a PC could be done, and has gone one step further. Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands and many other popular Xbox One games will receive free updates to take full advantage of the power of Xbox One X. Xbox will also expand the Xbox One backward compatibility library to include original Xbox classics, starting with fan favorite Crimson Skies.

Xbox One X will retail for $499 (£449 in the UK) this fall, which is $100 (£78) more expensive than the PS4 Pro.

Indeed, if you compare the Xbox One X to a comparable gaming PC, its $500 price starts to look like a bargain. That's why we're able to say over 30 games will have 4K updates for Xbox One X when we launch it. "The X will have even more trouble because the S is at $249 and so is the PS4". He also said that he was spending a lot of time on Microsoft's first-party games, and that they've already "signed some things" that they haven't announced yet.

"I don't want to get into all the numbers", Spencer went on to say, "but in aggregate, you should think about the hardware part of the console business is not the money-making part of the business". "People want to know what the roadmap in the future looks like, and that's my job to deliver it to them".