Xbox Can Technically Play PS1 and Nintendo 64 Games Thanks to New Internet Browser App
Microsoft is continually improving the Xbox user experience by updating existing features and releasing brand new apps. Microsoft recently upgraded Edge, the web browser for Xbox. This brought a number of improvements to the Xbox web surfing experience. The Xbox Edge browser can be used by gamers for more than surfing the internet. It can also run classic PlayStation 1 or Nintendo 64 games.
Pure Xbox and YouTuber Modern Vintage Gamer explain that the browser can emulate PS1 and Nintendo 64 games as well as other retro titles. Although these classic games are illegally featured on many websites on the Internet they can all be played using the Microsoft Edge browser for Xbox. Although it’s illegal to do so, gamers can still use the Xbox Edge browser on Xbox One or Xbox Series consoles to play classic Nintendo 64 and PS1 games.
You can also play older games with the new Xbox browser. Pure Xbox noted that Google Stadia can be played using the Xbox browser. This gives players access to Stadia’s games library. There is a lot of overlap between the Stadia library, Xbox library, and some Stadia exclusives. However, the console’s new web browser allows for technical playability of a few Stadia games.
It is not the first time an Xbox web browser update has accidentally increased the console’s collection of playable games. Microsoft previously updated the Xbox web browser so it could play browser-based games. This made it possible to play a browser version Super Mario 64.
It will be interesting for us to see if any changes are made to the Xbox web browser to remove this functionality. It is unlikely that Xbox would allow its users access websites that illegally emulate video games made by its rivals. These pirated Nintendo games have been removed from the Internet by Nintendo’s ROM lawsuits. It stands to reason that this could happen to other websites.
In the meantime, legal players of these classic games will soon have more options. The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, which adds nine Nintendo 64 games to its online lineup, will be available at the end October. Nintendo intends to add more classic Nintendo 64 games into the Switch Online Expansion Pack, but the exact release date and pricing are still unknown.