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Xbox Series X Will Be Able To Play Steam Games, Rumour Claims

Xbox Series X Will Be Able To Play Steam Games, Rumour Claims

Microsoft has already given us a first look at the Xbox Series X, as well as a rundown of some of the machine's most exciting new features. However, if a recent rumour is to be believed, the upcoming next-gen hardware still has a few surprises in store for us.

According to a new report from alleged insiders in the Xbox community, the Xbox Series X may support Steam and the Epic Games Store. The rumour currently doing the rounds essentially suggests that thew new console will have a "Windows Mode" that allows players to switch the machine's operating system to Windows 10.

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From there, you could simply access your Steam and Epic Games Store libraries. I probably don't need to tell you that this would basically unlock an entirely new - and massive - library of games that you otherwise wouldn't have had on Xbox. This is, as I say, simply a rumour at this stage though. Do take it with the usual pinch of salt required for such things.

The Xbox Series X, the dullest-looking games console ever revealed
The Xbox Series X, the dullest-looking games console ever revealed

With that said, it's certainly far from the craziest rumour I've ever heard. It's no secret that Microsoft has really been working towards a unified and accessible gaming future - one where the games you play really aren't defined by the hardware you own. Just look at the steps the company made during the Xbox One era.

A massive push for backwards compatibility meant that Xbox and Xbox 360 games were available on the Xbox One. We also know that from day one, the Xbox Series X will support every generation of Xbox title. Microsoft also made major strides in cross-play, supporting the ability to play games like Fortnite and Minecraft with mates on PC, Switch, and eventually PS4.

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Then there's the launch of Xbox Games Pass on PC, and former exclusives like Cuphead and Ori And The Blind Forest. With all of that in mind, the idea of the new Xbox supporting Steam and Epic Games Store really doesn't seem that far-fetched, does it?

Halo Infinite, 2020
Halo Infinite, 2020

Whether it turns out to be true, we'll just have to wait and see. The Xbox Series X is set to arrive during the holiday period this year, presumably before Christmas.

While we recently heard that the Xbox Series X probably won't have exclusive games for at least the first year after release, the idea of having a machine that can play every generation of Xbox title, plus Steam and Epic Games Store games, is certainly an attractive one.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Topics: Next-Gen, Epic Games store, Microsoft, Steam

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.

 

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