The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are consoles with a wide variety of capabilities that offer to play a multitude of games, including some somewhat unexpected titles. As we’ve seen in our Xbox emulator profile, Microsoft consoles can run many emulators to play Wii, PS2, Gamecube or PSP games to name a few. If this is indeed a cool feat, know that it is also possible to install a “new” operating system on the device to play PC games.
Windows 98 on Xbox Series X.
Through the experts at Digital Foundry, we’ve discovered that it is indeed possible to install Windows 98 on Xbox Series X | S. Perhaps you are wondering what is the benefit of installing such an old system on a new generation console? The answer is simple, it is first of all an exhilarating (and very funny) challenge to manage the installation of Windows 98 on a Windows 10 machine, and it also and above all allows you to play old PC games directly on your Xbox.
It was Alex Battaglia who started this adventure that is not within everyone’s reach. You must first switch the console to developer mode and pay the required fee, then download RetroArch, the platform that allows you to install many emulators. Through the latter you can then use DOSBox Pure core to install Windows 98.
This is not an easy task and obviously we advise you not to give it a try if you do not have the required skills.
Play Turok, Quake, Half-Life…
After setting up the emulator and installing Windows 98 and its multiple drivers to make the peripherals work, now is the time to install the games and learn how to play them on Xbox Series X. Digital expert Foundry explains that in most cases the experience is very satisfactory despite the fact that it was not possible to Tap the mouse. The latter was simulated via Xbox joysticks yet provided an acceptable experience.
The performance is relatively good although with some glitches when you want to use the 3dfx Voodoo graphics card, which is emulated in Windows 98. The latter is specifically managed by the CPU of the console, which leads to certain limitations in the game since the processor must That runs the simulation, Windows 98 and all of its APIs.
Compared to the hardware of that time, there is therefore, depending on the game, a performance degradation associated with the complexity of the graphics card emulation. However, it is possible to significantly improve the experience by tweaking the graphics settings in the game or by using only the emulated CPU.
Below is the full video from the Digital Foundry. Fun fact, Alex Battaglia notes that he wrote the script for the latter directly from the console using Word.
Saying that consoles are just PCs has never been more correct than it is today and that seeing games like this run on a Microsoft 20-year-old operating system, emulated by an Xbox console as of 2022, is still one thing. So much fun.