Last week we learned of an emulator that was trying to get approval to be published on Xbox One, and a few days later we learned that that approval had indeed been granted. The “Nesbox” allows users to emulate games from the NES, SNES, SEGA Genesis, and more old systems on current gen hardware, but many expected Nintendo would step in and try to get it shut down. Perhaps they have, or perhaps Microsoft expected the same, because the company behind the console has now apparently changed their stance on the Nesbox.
In a new tweet from the emulator’s creator, he states that Microsoft has “unpublished” it until he is able to “remove xbox [sic] platform support and republish.” Basically it sounds like Microsoft has decided they don’t want the emulator on their consoles, but they’re fine with it still being available on other Windows 10 devices. There’s no telling if Nintendo may still take action against an officially sanctioned Nesbox on PC, as there are already plenty of other emulators out in the wild for gamers to download and use, so we’ll have to see what the future holds in that arena. Either way, it looks like Xbox One will have to do without it.
What do you think of this change in stance, and do you think Nintendo played any part in it? Or is Microsoft acting preemptively? And is removing it from Xbox One enough, or should they be denying the program completely, regardless of platform? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Microsoft says: "Your product was unpublished globally or from specific markets". They want me to remove xbox platform support and republish
— nesbox.com (@nesboxcom) September 10, 2016