Microsoft cares about preserving games and the Xbox consoles their being played on
Axios gaming editor Stephen Totilo says he had a conversation with Xbox Boss Phil Spencer, where he said Microsoft is looking into any CMOS battery issues on Xbox hardware. “The hardware team is hearing the message about our consoles should allow for the ongoing relationship between the player and the content that they own. So like, we hear the message and the teams are looking at things,” says Spencer.
Of course, this was part of a bigger conversation around game preservation, with Spencer being a heavy supporter of industry-wide emulation for older games. He added, “that seems like a great North Star for us as an industry.”
Not in story, but regarding CMOS issues on Xbox hardware: “The hardware team is hearing the message about our consoles should.. allow for the ongoing relationship between the player and the content that they own. So like, we hear the message and the teams are looking at things.”— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) November 17, 2021
Earlier this year, Sony announced it would be shutting down its PS3 and Vita digital storefronts, leading to the initial conversations about CMOS batteries. This battery powers a console’s internal clock, so when a game is started, that clock verifies the date and time on a remote server to make sure you can play that game.
The theory is that if the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live wasn’t working properly (or was shut down), then your console won’t be able to verify those any games–making them unplayable. The CMOS batteries for both the PS4 and PS5 no longer have have this issue thanks to some updates Sony released.