Rumor: Xbox Series X To Offer A “Windows Mode,” Access To Steam, Epic Store
A new rumor floating about “insider circles of the Xbox community” suggests that the Xbox Series X might have a “Windows mode.” This, proponents believe, may afford the upcoming console access to third-party stores such as Steam and the Epic Games Store.
If Microsoft does indeed intend to further bridge the gap between console and PC in this manner, it may serve as a big selling point in its rivalry with Sony.
As rumors go, however, this one isn’t the most believable. That said, Microsoft has been eager to unite its platforms in the past with initiatives like Xbox Play Anywhere and while they may yet be a ways away, consoles are steadily catching up to PC in terms of power. It’s possible the Redmond outfit is looking to get a headstart in that vein.
Spanish website Generaciòn Xbox agrees:
It is conjectured that Xbox Series X could alternate, in some way that we don’t know, between the Xbox mode and Windows mode. It does not seem so far-fetched that Microsoft, as the owner of Windows, tries to implement this quality, exponentially expanding the possibilities that the future would offer us in its machines.
How the company intends to handle varying system requirements for the many PC games available through storefronts like Steam is unclear.
We’ve already received official word that Xbox Game Studios titles will remain playable across both the current and next generation of Xbox consoles as well as PC. The publisher confirmed that the Series X may not get true exclusives until a year or two after its launch.
If this latest rumor is true, prospective buyers will have more than one reason to opt for Microsoft’s offering over Sony’s PS5.