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Xbox has made it easier to run emulators on Series X|S consoles
Updated web browser bypasses Developer Mode requirement
The latest Xbox Series X/S system update has made it easier for users to emulate classic consoles such as PlayStation and Nintendo 64.
Previously, Xbox users either needed to enable Developer Mode or use external FTP software in order to access emulators on console. The former meant that they were then unable to access retail games or the Xbox Store.
Currently, browser-based emulators exist for Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Super NES, Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, MS DOS, Amiga and more.
However, because Xbox’s browser blocks file access, users will need to use illegal links hosting both the emulator and ROM in order to play. Users could also set up their own private web server in order to bypass console restrictions.
Due to the performance limits of browser-based offerings, full hardware-based software remains the best way to run emulators on Xbox consoles, including those for PS2, GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Dreamcast.
Developer Mode can be accessed for a $20 fee, and lets users install development builds of software that utilise Universal Windows Platform. However, emulators such as RetroArch can also be installed via another series of methods.
RetroArch enables users to play Dreamcast, GameCube, Wii, PS3 and PS2 games on Microsoft’s console.
An earlier MVG video showed a number of high profile PS2 games running on Xbox Series S including God of War, Metal Gear Solid 2, Jak & Daxter, Ico, TimeSplitters 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill 2 and Gran Turismo 4.
“If you think about it, outside of PlayStation, this is the first time that PS2 games are running on a console system,” it said.