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Xbox Series X Rumors: ‘Windows Mode’ Will Bring PC Gaming to Your Console

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:28 PM
Thomas Bardwell
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:28 PM
  • A new rumor about the next-gen Xbox is among the wackiest yet.
  • The Xbox Series X can allegedly play PC games thanks to “Windows Mode.”
  • That includes playable games from Steam and Epic Games Store.

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.

Xbox Series X ‘Windows Mode’

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.

How Xbox Game Pass Factors In

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Xbox is banking on Game Pass to help sell the Series X. | Source: Mark RALSTON / AFP

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.

Has a First-Party PC-Console Hybrid Arrived?

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.