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Microsoft Xbox Series X, S disables game emulation

The users attempting to download emulators on an Xbox console 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.

Edited By: India TV Tech Desk Noida Published on: April 10, 2023 12:26 IST
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Microsoft has reportedly restricted its users from running game emulations on the existing Xbox Series X and Series S.

As per the reports of PCMag, it is possible for users to play classic GameCube games and PlayStation 2 on Xbox consoles, rather than a longstanding ban on game emulation.

Before the crackdown, any user could get access and install the emulator software from the direct links on the console's Edge browser.

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Now, users attempting to download emulators on an Xbox console 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 crackdown, a legal emulator called gamr13 tweeted: "For the past 2 years we've promoted legal emulation on a popular platform that people have genuinely enjoyed. It's a true shame to see Xbox crack down on emulation for those who can't afford Developer Mode or don't have the means to purchase it. This is a shot in the face".

According to Kotaku, Microsoft's policies have legally prohibited emulations, but the corporation has historically looked the other way, the report mentioned.

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"We continually evolve our mechanisms for reviewing and taking enforcement actions on content distributed to the Store to ensure alignment with our Microsoft Store Policies," Microsoft was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has stopped 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 new promotions for new Game Pass members, The Verge reported.

Inputs from IANS

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