Microsoft may be bringing Xbox One Game Compatibility to Windows
An official Xbox One Emulator on Windows 10?
Published: 26th February 2019 | Source: Thurrott |
Microsoft may be bringing Xbox One Games Compatibility to Windows
With Windows 10 build 18334, some Windows 10 Insiders are gaining access to State of Decay, a game that will be available to play for free for a limited time. Sadly, Microsoft didn't reveal much more information, but after some digging by Thurrott, it appears as if Windows 10 is getting some form of Xbox One game/support.
Strangely, Microsoft's copy of State of Decay appears to come from Xbox servers, rather than the Windows 10 Store, and use the .xvc format, which is designed specifically for Xbox One. Furthermore, this new file format can now be installed by Windows. It appears as if Windows 10 is gaining support for a lot of Xbox One's unique file formats, opening the door for some form of console emulation on PC.
Microsoft is clearly trying to bring Xbox One and PC closer, with keyboard/mouse support arriving on Xbox One while PC is seemingly gaining support for Xbox One's unique file formats. This could just be a way for Microsoft to make porting games from Xbox to Windows 10 easier, or vice versa, but it could also be part of a plan to give PC full access to Xbox One's game library.
In a way, this upgraded feature set could turn gaming PCs into fully compliant Xbox One systems, though at this time it remains unknown what limitations will be placed on PC and how well the functionality will work in practice.
Moving forward, Microsoft plans to expand its Xbox gaming platform, with Project xCloud expanding Xbox Gaming outside of the traditional Xbox hardware ecosystem while GameCore could bring official Xbox One game compatibility to Windows 10. With both of these changes, Microsoft has the opportunity to expand the user base of the Xbox gaming ecosystem significantly.
If Microsoft can deliver Xbox One game support on Windows with adequate performance levels, exclusives like the Halo Master Chief Collection, Rare Replay and others will become playable on PC, which is great news for PC gamers. There is even a chance for Xbox and Xbox 360 emulation to come to the platform, which would be a big deal for PC gamers (Red Dead Redemption on PC?).
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