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Someone got Windows 95 running on Xbox One

Now that's what I call backwards compatibility!

Xbox One has long been known as the home of top games such as Halo, Forza and Gears.

Now, Xbox One can also be known as the home of top computer operating system Windows 95.

Specifically, what you'll see below is an Xbox One running Dosbox, the virtual DOS machine app, from which Windows 95 and other software can be run.

YouTube user vcfan managed the feat, then uploaded footage showing off his achievement.

But, hold your horses. Put your Encarta CD-ROMs away - at least for now.

You'll only be able to do this if you have a developer version of the console. On such devices you can already load custom apps built for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) standard, which work across Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft is set to allow public UWP app support on Xbox One this summer - so what you're seeing here is a glimpse into the future. Or, it will be if Microsoft sets no safeguards for the kinds of apps it will your Xbox One actually run (which, to be fair, it probably will).

In the meantime however, here's an Xbox One booting DOS, Windows 95 and Duke Nukem 3D. Now that's a killer app.

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