Alex Battaglia from the YouTube channel “Digital Foundry” was able to use the “RetroArch” software emulator to run Windows 98 on the Xbox Series X, along with several PC games of the era. “Technically, you’re supposed to be an Xbox developer to access this, and you will need to sign up to the paid Microsoft Partner program and turn on ‘Developer Mode’ for your system to activate it,” notes Pure Xbox. “In DF’s case, rather than directly playing emulated games through RetroArch, they used the program to install Windows 98 software.” From the report: Beyond the novelty of actually booting up Win98 on a modern console the channel then decided to test out some games, running through the older version of Windows. Playthroughs of Turok, Command & Conquer, Quake 2 and more were all pretty successful, although the act of loading them onto the software requires a bit of messing about (you have to create ISO files and transfer them over — sadly, Xbox’s disc drive can’t read the original discs). Of course, this wouldn’t be a Digital Foundry video without some performance comparisons, so the team did just that. The video compares hardware of the era with Xbox Series X’s emulation, and while the console often lags behind due to the fact that it’s literally emulating an entire version of Windows, and then a game on top of that, it fares pretty well overall. You can watch Digital Foundry’s video here.
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