Xbox One: YouTube User Runs Windows 95 on Game Console


One technologically inclined YouTube user and gaming fan manages to get Microsoft's classic Windows 95 operating system up and running on the Xbox One console.

While Xbox One developers have hit a veritable home run with its fan base by incorporating backward compatibility as a feature for the current generation console, one gamer has decided to give the concept a completely new meaning by getting the platform to run the old school computer operating system Windows 95. In a feat of retro engineering, the YouTuber known as vcfan uploaded footage of the software working on Xbox One with the use of Dosbox, the virtual DOS machine app.

Although the YouTuber's accomplishment is liable to inspire plenty of other fans to try and run Windows 95 on their Xbox Ones in order to play a few rousing rounds of solitaire, there is a caveat to consider. It's important to note this can only be done on developer mode-enabled versions of the console, and on these devices custom apps built for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) standard can load across Windows 10-supported products, meaning that most typical Xbox Ones cannot do so at the moment.

Interestingly enough, though, Microsoft is eventually going to allow UWP app support on Xbox One this summer, so what's shown in the video below is kind of a look at what the company plans for the console in the near future. However, not everyone is a fan of this particular vision of Microsoft's for Xbox One, as Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, has criticized the Windows Platform initiative.


Even though the achievement in the video above is indeed fun to witness, especially when it comes to seeing Windows 95 boot up Duke Nukem 3D—the kitschy precursor to one of the worst video game sequels in existence, Duke Nukem Forever—it's not likely that we will go on to encounter this on the Xbox One Store once a lot of different apps launch this summer. Nevertheless, one can never guess what the time ahead of us holds.

In any event, this isn't the first instance of the Xbox One being made to work with older, different technology. As it happens, a while back, some hackers successfully made Nintendo 64 controllers interface with the console. In spite of the fact that the comparison between N64 peripherals and Windows 95 results in a difference of hardware and software, both of their roots in nostalgia remain the same.

What do you think about Windows 95 running on the Xbox One? Did it give you the bug to attempt running the operating system on your console? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

The next major title for the Xbox One is Gears of War 4, which is set to release exclusively for the console on October 11, 2016.

Source: vcfan – YouTube

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