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So the 8th gen consoles (ps4 and Xbone) are basically pcs. They use standart pc hardware from AMD with an custom operation system.

Scince Microsoft owns Windows, it shouldnt be a big deal to allow the xbox one to play pc software (.exe). Pretty much the same way it works on pc (Windows 10 is compatible with windows 7/8/vista and co software). So it shouldnt be a big issue to make the xbox one able to run those applications as well. At least in my (bad) technical knowlegde).


While the Xbox One is not a high end gaming pc, the gpu and cpu are still decent for all games older then 4-5 years. Beeing able to play pretty much all games from ~1990-2011 would be a big advantage.

Games like: Half Life/2, Starcraft 2, Guild Wars /2, Heartstone, Age of Empires, Orcs must die/2, Oblivion, Mass Effect series, Dragon Age, Witcher 1, Cod 4, League of Legends and alot more.

(mouse + keyboard support for some games). Most of those games do even run on intels integrated graphics now a day. It wouldnt be a problem to run them high-ultra settings on the xbox ones hardware.

 

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Just because the xb1 is x86 doesn't mean it can run WINDOWS software. All that software was coded using older versions of windows SDKs than what is used on Win 10 or XB1.

Windows native software cannot run on XB1. Its the metro apps that were supposed to be interchangeable (html5).



sabvre42 said:
Just because the xb1 is x86 doesn't mean it can run WINDOWS software. All that software was coded using older versions of windows SDKs than what is used on Win 10 or XB1.

Windows native software cannot run on XB1. Its the metro apps that were supposed to be interchangeable (html5).

hm it uses a standart 2012´s cpu and gpu, normal ram and a normal hdd. Why shouldnt it be possible to just install windows 10 (or even windows 7) on that hardware?



sabvre42 said:
Just because the xb1 is x86 doesn't mean it can run WINDOWS software. All that software was coded using older versions of windows SDKs than what is used on Win 10 or XB1.

Windows native software cannot run on XB1. Its the metro apps that were supposed to be interchangeable (html5).

If the X1 can emulate Xbox 360, hardware with completely different arcitecture, then I think MS can get Windows running via some sort of virtual machine.

I've actually thought about this before. They should get Windows running on X1 via virtual machine, emulation, or whatever. You wouldn't actually use the Windows interface on X1, it would just be there to run apps. Then simply allow people to purchase select PC titles that are entirely playable with a X1 controller. That's the most logical way to go about it on a console.

Doing that they could add hundreds of titles to the X1 with no effort other than approval from the publisher. A long list of shooters, fighters, WRPGS, JRPGs, indie games, etc. Windows is great weapon MS has and they should use it.



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Of course it is possible, yet there is nothing in it for MS.
And as Sony has seen last gen, an extra OS only opens the door for piracy.

BC gives MS a lot of positive media attention, plus its a nice incentive to give BC version with new games.
Allowing PC games to run on the the XB1 with all the variable performance issues that gives is an invitation to disaster. BC games are hard enough with only a couple per month being added and performance issues plaguing certain games.

You can already stream games with Windows 10, much easier for MS. Keep the responsibility with the user.



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sabvre42 said:
Just because the xb1 is x86 doesn't mean it can run WINDOWS software. All that software was coded using older versions of windows SDKs than what is used on Win 10 or XB1.

Windows native software cannot run on XB1. Its the metro apps that were supposed to be interchangeable (html5).

It would be easy to do. But why would they.



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kowenicki said:
sabvre42 said:
Just because the xb1 is x86 doesn't mean it can run WINDOWS software. All that software was coded using older versions of windows SDKs than what is used on Win 10 or XB1.

Windows native software cannot run on XB1. Its the metro apps that were supposed to be interchangeable (html5).

It would be easy to do. But why would they.

big library of games = advantage over ps4 (direct competition).

I own a Ps4 but if the xbox box one would had that feature, i would probl get the xbox instead.



That would definitely be a great thing!
Always dreamed to play the Gothic series on a home console. :/



JNK said:
kowenicki said:

It would be easy to do. But why would they.

big library of games = advantage over ps4 (direct competition).

I own a Ps4 but if the xbox box one would had that feature, i would probl get the xbox instead.

I don't understand how this would be an advantage for Microsoft. If you are making an emulator to run x86 native windows applications (without running actual windows), Sony could just as easily (and legally) do the same.



sabvre42 said:
JNK said:

big library of games = advantage over ps4 (direct competition).

I own a Ps4 but if the xbox box one would had that feature, i would probl get the xbox instead.

I don't understand how this would be an advantage for Microsoft. If you are making an emulator to run x86 native windows applications (without running actual windows), Sony could just as easily (and legally) do the same.

no emulator. Run the programs nativly on the xbox one. Like windows 10 on laptops is able to run windows 7 games.