In an interview with PC Gamer
, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talked candidly about the prospect of bringing the original Xbox backwards compatibility to PC. When asked if the feature might come to PC in the future, he simply answered "Yes".
Now, this is not exactly an announcement or confirmation but Phil elaborated quite a bit about the prospect of something like Game Pass and giving PC users access to a back catalog of Xbox titles from the original console to the Xbox 360.
"I want people to be able to play games! [Emulation] is hard. [Xbox] 360 specifically is a PowerPC chip, emulated to x86, which is difficult. It's a little bit easier when you have a fixed spec, when you think about Xbox, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. And you think of the variable specs of the PC space, so you're taking a fixed-spec PowerPC emulator and then moving it over to run on PC, so there's a lot of work there.
"The original Xbox, OG Xbox, is a little bit easier, because that was an x86 chip it was running on. Obviously when we think about UWP and the ability for games to run across console and PC, we're getting closer. I want developers to be able to build portable applications, which is why we've been focusing on UWP for games and even apps that want to run on multiple devices."
Closing with the comment, "The team doesn't love it when I pre-announce things, but I definitely want to bring Game Pass to PC", Phil Spencer's candid approach to interviews is always refreshing. And with the announcement of the Xbox One X, Xbox Play Anywhere, and being both backwards and forwards compatible, it certainly looks like Microsoft are actively working towards unifying the Xbox platform across PC and console. Now, that might still be a few years out, but it's an interesting progression that we've seen the Xbox brand slowly take.