Xbox Emulator Ban Addressed by Microsoft in New Statement

Microsoft claims the bans were based on a long standing policy.

Microsoft shared a statement to address the recent Xbox emulator ban on the consoles.

Microsoft has finally stopped a certain loophole in the Xbox Store where players were allowed to download emulators on their consoles and let them play older games. The players and creators with these emulators discovered the changes earlier this week. These were available on the Xbox Store via direct links on an Xbox Edge browser and could be run indefinitely once downloaded even if it was discovered and removed. But when these users tried to play with the emulators, it would not launch anymore even downloaded. An error message would appear while running these emulators, which meant the “good run” had ended.

There were rumors about Microsoft cracking down on the emulators, and some thought that it was actually Nintendo who did this, not Microsoft. However, Microsoft shared a statement with IGN to explain what actually happened.

“The information currently circulating on Twitter is not accurate,” Microsoft said in the statement. “Our actions are based on a long standing policy on content distributed to the Store to ensure alignment with our Microsoft Store Polices. Per 10.13.10, Products that emulate a game system or game platform are not allowed on any device family.”

Microsoft also shared another statement with Kotaku that the company would “continually evolve our mechanisms for reviewing and taking enforcement actions on content distributed to the Store to ensure alignment with our Microsoft Store Policies.” This could mean it is actually looking for a workaround for the emulator and might have already discovered a solution.