Microsoft has restricted users from running game emulation on Xbox Series X and Series S.
According to PCMag, it has become possible for users to play classic PlayStation 2 and GameCube games on Xbox consoles despite the long-standing ban on game emulation.
Prior to the crackdown, anyone could access and install the emulator software through a direct link on the console’s Edge browser.
Now, users trying to download emulators on Xbox consoles are encountering error messages that read, “Unable to launch this game or app. The game or app you’re trying to launch Violates Microsoft Store policy and is not supported”.
In response to the action, a legal emulator named gamr13 tweeted: “For the past 2 years we have promoted legal emulation on a popular platform that people have really enjoyed. It’s really a shame to see Xbox crack down on emulation for those who can’t afford developer mode, or don’t have the means to buy it. It is a shot in the face”.
According to Kotaku, Microsoft’s policies legally prohibit emulation, but the corporation has historically looked the other way, as the report noted.
“We continually evolve our mechanisms for reviewing content distributed on the Store and taking enforcement action to ensure alignment with our Microsoft Store policies,” Microsoft said.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has shut down its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass subscription platforms, which allowed users to try the service for $1 for the first month before upgrading to more expensive plans.
The trial was available for years, but wasn’t always available in some markets, and it appears Microsoft is now considering a new promotion for new Game Pass members, reports The Verge.
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