When it comes to the next-generation consoles, it’s more speculation than substantiated fact while Sony and Microsoft prance around revealing underwhelming logos and the like. As rumors go, this latest one about the Xbox Series X ranks up there as one of the wackiest we’ve seen to date.
Italian gaming site Game Experience reports murmurs among those linked to the project that the Xbox Series X will feature a boot mode dubbed Windows Mode .
As the name suggests, players will be able to boot up the console to run Windows 10 applications. The mode will effectively transform the console into a PC. More specifically, the rumors suggest the console will be able to run games via both the Steam and Epic Games Store digital storefronts.
While Microsoft opening the Xbox Series X to competitor storefronts is somewhat of a stretch, a Windows Mode might not be as outlandish as it sounds.
Xbox is heavily banking on the continued success of the Xbox Game Pass, which features an array of PC-only titles.
The ability to plays these on the Xbox Series X would expand the appeal of the console to PC gamers considerably.
Rather than having to spend upwards of $1,000 for a decent gaming rig, players could invest in the Series X and experience the best of both worlds.
Also of note is that the Xbox Series X already looks uncannily similar to a PC both in design and purported performance. The Xbox One already runs an Xbox OS-specific version of Windows 10, and internally the console is considered a Windows device .
From a technical standpoint, a Windows Mode may be relatively straightforward to implement, given the existing Windows flavored foundations underpinning Microsoft’s consoles.
Back in 2015, Xbox head Phil Spencer even said;
Microsoft is making it easier to port experiences from PC over to Xbox, where they make sense.
It’s not unreasonable to expect Xbox to carry this over to the next-gen. Why not go the full nine yards with the Series X and incorporate a PC-console hybrid?
As always, we suggest taking the rumor with a hefty dose of salt.