Microsoft is coming up with new things, and the Creators updates aren’t the only one. It has also updated its Windows Store policy to remove any Emulator.
“Apps that emulate a game system are not allowed on any device family,” says the Windows Store Policy. What it basically means is that you won’t get emulators on Windows 10 (via the store), Windows phones and tablets, as well as the Xbox One.
The first one to be affected by this policy was Universal Emulator that was removed from the Windows Store according to developer NESBOX.
It should be remembered, however, that even though these apps aren’t available via the Windows Store you can obtain them elsewhere, which will make sidelining them a possibility.
Last year you could purchase a Nintendo 64 emulator via the Xbox One storefront. Win64e10 was available for Windows 10 PC, Windows Phone, and it had Xbox One compatibility with its latest update. It is a modified version of another emulator, Mupen64plus. It showed glaring holes in Microsoft’s certification process yet again.
This change in Microsoft’s store policy makes Google App Store the only app store that allows game emulator apps as Apple has banned these as well.