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Microsoft 'clarifies' Xbox One Windows app compatibility

Microsoft 'clarifies' Xbox One Windows app compatibility

Microsoft has rejected claims that all Windows 8 applications will run on the Xbox One, but hasn't denied that a sub-set will be available for the console.

Dell made headlines earlier this week when a promotional page for the upcoming Xbox One suggested complete compatibility with Windows 8 applications - but Microsoft has stated that won't be the case.

The Xbox One is the most PC-like console to come out of Microsoft's hardware division yet: as with its rival, Sony's PlayStation 4, the Xbox One is built around a semi-custom version of AMD's 'Jaguar' accelerated processing unit (APU.) The result is a fully-fledged 64-bit x86 computer with DirectX-capable graphics, entirely distinct from its PowerPC-based predecessor. As well as making it easier for developers to port their games from device to device - the Xbox One, PS4 and PC now share a common architecture, leaving only Nintendo's Wii U out in the cold this generation - it opens up the possibility for further compatibility with existing software.

Hints have been dropped that the Xbox One would allow users to run selected Windows applications, but none less subtle than a statement made by Dell in an attempt to flog the console via its consumer site: 'Consider the game officially changed,' the company's advertising blurb began. 'With all your favourite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience.'

Sadly, just as people began to get excited about the possibility of cross-platform application compatibility, Microsoft stepped in. Responding to a query from Neowin, Microsoft declared the statement null and void. 'The suggestion that all Windows 8 apps run on Xbox One is not accurate,' a company spokesperson told the site.

Microsoft's partial denial isn't a complete retraction, however: Dell never claimed that all Windows 8 applications would run, merely your favourite applications. Likewise, Microsoft doesn't say that no Windows apps will run on the Xbox One, just that not all apps will run. Given the company's attempts to encourage developers to create Modern UI-powered software, which can be quickly ported between Windows 8 and Windows RT, it seems likely that at least a sub-set of these cross-platform packages will make their way to the console.

The Xbox One is due to launch in the UK on the 22nd of November.

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Corky42 22nd October 2013, 13:32 Quote
Hasn't it been said the Xbox One will run three distinct operating systems ?
One for the games, the kernel of Windows 8 to power the apps, and another always-on to connect the two.
Bede 22nd October 2013, 16:26 Quote
It is not in Microsoft's interest to allow key PC applications to run on Xbox. If the Xbox could (for example) run Word and Internet Explorer there would be less need for households to maintain a traditional PC, leading to lower Windows license sales.
Corky42 22nd October 2013, 16:52 Quote
Well we know from pictures of the Xbox One's dashboard that it will run Skype and IE.
Maybe running Word would be a stretch without a keyboard :)
AmEv 23rd October 2013, 06:53 Quote
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The Xbox One is the most PC-like console to come out of Microsoft's hardware division yet

*Ahem.*

The original Xbox uses a Pentium 3 processor. With a little modification, it can run Windows 98.

So..... :?
Gareth Halfacree 23rd October 2013, 09:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by AmEv
The original Xbox uses a Pentium 3 processor. With a little modification, it can run Windows 98.
I know. I've got one sat to my right as I type this. Which is why I said 'the most,' not 'the first.' The Xbox One is considerably more PC-like than the original Xbox: its processor instruction set is less customised, its graphics hardware more traditional, its USB ports are actually USB ports, and its operating system - from what has been revealed so far - is more heavily Windows-based and has PC-like features, including applications such as Internet Explorer and Skype, that did not appear on the original.
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