Some of the best emulators for Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Super NES, Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, MS-DOS, Amiga, and more are available as websites. With the recently released update for Microsoft Edge web browser, the Microsoft Xbox X|S consoles have become a lot more emulator-friendly.
The latest update of Microsoft Edge browser for Microsoft Xbox X|S consoles is a game-changer, literally. The web browser is now way more powerful, useful, and practical. For gamers who love old-school games, this means they can access many emulators on their consoles without paying $20 to activate Developer Mode.
There’s little doubt that Microsoft Xbox X|S dedicated gaming consoles are quite powerful. There are several games that benefit from high-end, immersive graphics. These consoles can offer photo-realistic visuals owing to the 12-teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU.
However, there are thousands of gamers who still enjoy the classics. With emulators, it is quite easy to indulge in retro-gaming. However, getting emulators to run well on a closed ecosystem like the Microsoft Xbox X|S gaming consoles isn’t easy or free.
Until recently, Xbox users either needed to enable Developer Mode or use external FTP software in order to access emulators on the console. Microsoft demands $20 to enable Developer Mode.
The Developer Mode feature does allow users to install development builds of software that utilize the Universal Windows Platform. However, several gamers pay the $20 Fee to play old games that Microsoft will never be able to offer.
Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X and Series S will have Microsoft Edge browser, among other new features. https://t.co/tkCjma5k2W
— Tech Times (@TechTimes_News) September 26, 2021
Incidentally, activating Developer Mode shuts down access to retail games or the Xbox Store. Needless to mention, this is a big tradeoff.
The latest update to Microsoft Edge web browser for Microsoft Xbox X|S gaming consoles, however, makes retro-gaming a breeze, and that too without activating Developer Mode.
How does updating the Microsoft Edge web browser on a gaming console help retro-gaming?
As mentioned above, there are several websites that offer emulators for several gaming platforms. Web-based emulators exist for PS One and PS2, GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Super NES, Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, MS-DOS, Amiga, and many more.
These websites work very well on a desktop computer running Linux, Windows 10, macOS, or any other operating system. Gamers only need a capable web browser.
— The Newsmen (@the_newsmen) September 25, 2021
The Microsoft Edge browser for Microsoft Xbox X|S gaming consoles was quite rudimentary. Microsoft had essentially a browser with limited functionality.
However, the Windows OS maker recently updated the browser. Technical jargon aside, the Edge browser for the gaming consoles is now at par with the version that works in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Incidentally, Microsoft still does not allow File Access. Hence, retro gamers will still need some questionable websites to access ROM files. Gamers, can, however, create their own, private web server, to circumvent console restrictions.