Running Windows 95 On Xbox One
Do you long to play your childhood games like Duke Nukem 3D, Halo and Mario? Well, turns out that you actually can! There are a few catches, but if you can get past that, you can say hello to all your old favourites.
A YouTube user by the name vcfan uploaded a video of him running the Windows 95 on the Xbox. But you can only try this if you have the developer version of the console. It’s going to get a little technical, so let’s understand the terminology and words that are involved in the process.
So basically, you need to port a Dosbox emulator to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and it is this emulator that boots the Windows 95 on your console. But what is a Dosbox? It is an emulator program that emulates an IBM PC compatible computer that runs a DOS operating system. An IBM Personal Computer (PC) are those old computers that we had while growing up. They were the ones with the big white border with a back that juts out with wires. It was everything that today’s computers and laptops are not. They were big and bulky and probably what got the room in your house the “computer room” tag.
And the Dosbox helps emulate that experience into your Xbox One and runs the Windows 95 as an app. Of course, you can’t expect the speed you have in today’s computers. Because when it runs on 64-bit, it crashes. So you will have a slower version. But that shouldn’t get in the way of you playing all your favourite games. Especially when it is said that the shareware version of Duke Nukem 3D works well.
While the Xbox One runs on Windows 10 platform and the store does have emulators that can be used to play pirated games, it is likely that Microsoft is going to draw a line on how much you can do with the Xbox One. It does not want unrestricted app development with its Xbox One and has restricted game development only to members of the Independent Developer Publishing Program (ID@Xbox Program).
But we definitely think this is a great step backwards for the ones who love their old games! What are your favourite Windows 95 games? Let us know in the comments below!
Picture courtesy – monwindowsphone.com
by techtalks @TechTalks September 1, 2016 5:24 AM UTC