Windows 95 running on an Xbox One is slightly mad, but strangely pleasing

Windows 95 has been showing up in the strangest places recently. Just last month, a developer managed to get Microsoft's ancient desktop operating system running on an Apple Watch - and now, it's popped on Microsoft's latest games console too.

YouTube user vcfan shared a video of Windows 95 running on his Xbox One, and thanks to Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, it seems it wasn't too challenging to make it happen.

vcfan ported DOSBox - an open source DOS emulator - to the Xbox as a UWP app. The Xbox One runs a version of Windows 10, but while UWP apps will be generally available on the console from this summer, when the Anniversary Update rolls out, developers can already run these apps on the console, thanks to a new 'dev kit' that Microsoft launched a few weeks ago.

The port isn't perfect - vcfan said that it's "slow for now because it's only using the cpu interpreter. The dynarec still needs work since it produces crashes on 64bit, but it flies with it."

Nonetheless, there's something oddly satisfying about seeing someone use an Xbox One to run DOS to fire up Windows 95 to run Duke Nukem 3D. You can see it for yourself in the video below:

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