Originally Posted by slammer
Is there a reason why games need publisher approval? It wasn't needed on other consoles, so I'm wondering why it is now.
It's being distributed on a new platform, and it mainly boils down to licensing and rights for distribution on other platforms. With PS3's original PS2 hardware emulation, it required you to own a PS2 disc, and the system behaved exactly like a PS2 (because it was a mini-PS2!). If a game wanted to get put onto PSN for PS2 games or whatever, then they need to go through an approval process as well. Now, they're distributing it via the Xbox One Marketplace, which is a new platform technically. Even if you own the 360 disc, it doesn't run that exact code, but uses it as a license to download the emulated version. Plus, it's not 100% perfect emulation and some devs/publishers may want to have more of a say and give final sign-off before MS pushes it out on the emulator.