It’s the classic Internet joke: You have a fancy new piece of hardware, but can it run Linux?
Windows 95 might soon be giving the open-source operating system some competition—at least as far as that joke goes. We’ve seen intrepid developers get Windows 95 working on smartwatches and handheld gaming consoles, and even right within in your Web browser. We haven’t seen Windows 95 running on this current generation of gaming consoles, though. At least, not until recently.
According to Eurogamer, a YouTube user (vcfan) uploaded a video of the Xbox One running Windows 95—yes, a console running an operating system that arrived nearly 20 years before it. You, too, could run the operating system yourself, but it’s going to require a bit of creativity. You’ll also need a developer version of the Xbox One console, which most normal gamers are unlikely to have.
If you happen to have access to one, though, then vcfan pulled off the trick by using a Universal Windows Platform version of the DOSBox application. As you’ll recall, these UWP apps are designed to run on all Windows 10 devices. So, theoretically, one of these apps that works on your desktop (like DOSBox) shouldn’t have any issue running on your Xbox One console, assuming you have the means to get it on there and actually load it.
(Don’t expect to find a downloadable version of DOSBox in the Xbox Store right now, though Windows 10 games and apps will be arriving on the Xbox Store this summer. Already, some Xbox games have found their way to the Windows Store.)
It remains to be seen just what, exactly, Microsoft will allow on the Xbox One once it opens the floodgates for UWP apps. We suspect that Microsoft will have some kind of filtering or approval process in place to prevent certains kinds of apps from appearing on the console. However, emulator programs and virtual machines—if allowed—could certainly open up all sorts of creative uses for the Xbox One.
In the case of vcfan, which you can view in the video below, the person managed to get DOS, Windows 95,and the old-school, first-person-shooter Duke Nukem 3D running on an Xbox One. We suspect Microsoft might not be too thrilled about that last one, given that it’s also selling the game for $10 from the Xbox Store.