The launches of Microsoft's Xbox Series S/Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 have been met by many with general positivity. But one area where the two 4K gaming giants have not been on even footing is in respect of backwards compatibility, where the Xbox brand has put much of its focus.
Now, through the Xbox "developer mode" option, emulators like RetroArch are allowing Xbox players to play things like GameCube, Dreamcast, and even PlayStation 2 games.
What is the legal status of such an emulator? Of the ROMs it uses? Of the developer program itself?
And what will happen if Sony comes calling?
Let's dive in.
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Discussed in this episode:
"Xbox Series S owners are playing PS2 games via emulation"
VGC - November 30, 2020 - Tom Ivan
"PlayStation 2 Games are running on the XBOX Series S | MVG"
YouTube Video - November 30, 2020 - Modern Vintage Gamer
"A Legal Look at Nintendo's Shut Down of "The Big House" SSB Tourney (VL357)"
YouTube Video - November 20, 2020 - Hoeg Law
"Copyright and Digital Files"
US Copyright Office Webpage
"Limitations on exclusive rights: Computer programs"
17 USC 117
"END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT"
"Circumvention of copyright protection systems"
17 USC 1201
17 USC 1201 - 2018 Final Rules
"Xbox One Developer Mode activation"
"Xbox One Developer Mode Activation Program"
"How one developer is sneaking emulators through a hole in the Xbox Store"
Ars Technica - November 25, 2020 - Kyle Orland
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