One of the things I’ve come to realize is that I don’t like a lot of clutter in my entertainment center. There’s a big difference between some stray wires and having dozens of video game systems sitting in my living room. That’s why, if I end up getting an Xbox One, I’m going to try to retire my original Xbox 360 and give the emulation a try. Turns out that might be a mixed bag. Some Xbox 360 games run better on the XBone, but some run worse and others don’t run at all.
Of course, the emulator powering the backwards compatibility is changing every time Microsoft issues an update, and new games are being added all the time while older games are being improved, but Digital Foundry has a great line-up of games that they’ve been tinkering with to see how they’ll work on the new system. The results are really interesting, especially when you see what games play better versus worse, and what games have improved cut scenes but degraded play. A lot of it probably has to do with how video is processed, but the more they work on the emulators, the better they will become.
Fingers crossed for perfect emulation in the future.