Windows 98, at this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country, completely localized within your Xbox?
Xbox Series X is a powerful current-gen gaming console from Microsoft. It’s a beefy, refrigerator-looking machine that can run games at 4K resolution and 60fps. The Series S is a sleeker, disc drive-less, budget version that has a slightly lower performance but still packs a punch. Well, now you can use these cutting edge machines to run Windows 98 and games that came out more than 20 years ago. The future is here, friends.
Digital Foundry posted a video on their YouTube channel (shared on resetEra) showing how you can install a virtual Windows 98 operating system, as well as simulated support for 3DFX Voodoo graphics. Digital Foundry’s Alex Battaglia pointed out that DOSBox Pure recently got Windows 98 support, which allows your Xbox Series console to run old-school games like Quake, Half-Life, Unreal, and Turok.
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I know, you didn’t wake up today expecting that this year, in the year of our Lord 2022, you are expecting to install Windows 98 on anything. You can use the virtual Windows OS to install other Windows programs, such as Word. I don’t know why you want Word on your Xbox series, but I’m not here to judge, just to inform.
If you want to know how to install it yourself, watch the video above, because it breaks everything down for you. Battaglia played Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun with a keyboard and an emulated mouse. His own was not working because of a limitation in the software – something he hopes will be fixed in the future. He says that this set up provided a smoother RTS experience than any console port he’s played with and that he didn’t face any problems while emulating the game.
Playing the Turok with a controller with two analog sticks felt “overpowered,” Battaglia said. This made it the first person to do platforming. However, he notes that due to the nature of the emulator, the Xbox’s own GPU isn’t used to process graphics, and instead, the CPU is working full hard, so it can get pretty stressful.
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