Microsoft denies Xbox One will run Windows 8 apps

Monday, 21st October 2013 15:45 GMT By Sherif Saed

Microsoft has quashed rumours that the Xbox One will be able to run all Windows 8 apps, in contradiction to information posted by Dell earlier today.

Update: Microsoft provided Eurogamer with a statement denying the news.

“The suggestion that all Windows 8 apps run on Xbox One is not accurate,” a representative said.

Original story: Remember that old Xbox One rumour that suggested we might be able to run Windows 8 apps on the console? Well, according to the console’s description on, it might actually be true.

The Xbox One website listing and description on has a part that mentions Windows 8.

The descriptor reads, “Consider the game officially changed. With all your favourite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience.”

The initial rumour was started way back in April, before the console’s reveal. It suggested that Xbox One’s operating system will share some similarities with Windows 8 and would allow you to use your Windows 8 apps on it.

Microsoft did confirm that the console will be running multiple OS’s at the same time, one of which will be based on Windows 8. Though the firm mentioned nothing about Windows 8 apps specifically.

Would this be a game changer in the next-gen console war? Let us know what you think below.

Thanks, NeoGAF.



  1. traumadisaster

    I want to be optimistic of some neat cross plarform something…but with so many screw ups its hard to lend credability to a joint that added mouse lag in 8.1.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Panthro

    Now you can check your twitter, while playing angry birds, while also playing candy crush while also watching The Ellen Degeneres show while also recording 360 no scopes on cod ghosts…

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TheVoiceOfReason

    MS already advised that developing Xbox One apps will be the same as Windows 8 (RT) ones during BUILD 13. With the rumored merging of Windows Phone and Windows RT apps stores this seems like a fairly logical progression. MS are really pushing the Windows Runtime now which is kinda scary!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Judicas

    would be fun if halo spartan ops could be played like this

    #4 1 year ago
  5. KAP

    This Xbone is the nail and Windows 8 is the glass hammer.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    If you could literally run any app that’s made for Windows 8, it would be pretty awesome.

    Imagine having a growing store of apps, ala Apple or Google Play, that you can dip in and out of on any compatible device.

    Not much use for me, I have a Sony mobile and Bravia TV, but I’ll probably be getting an Xbox in the next year.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. TheVoiceOfReason

    @4 Spartan Ops supports controller input too. If there was cross buy like feature then it would be pretty awesome. They really need to stop charging for the same application across their platforms.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. DreadSabot

    @7 True that – I liked spartan Ops but have no intention of buying it again

    #8 1 year ago
  9. AmiralPatate

    I will be excited only if they announce Win8 will run XB1 games.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    Yeah that won’t happen.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. AmiralPatate

    Yeah but, I want to believe.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Ireland Michael


    It was impossible to resist, I’m sorry,

    #12 1 year ago
  13. freedoms_stain

    Has anyone encountered a Windows 8 app that wasn’t shit though?

    #13 1 year ago
  14. eddy27

    @ 13
    What you mean like this which is far better than anything on android etc and cost $3

    I use this on my Surface rt

    #14 1 year ago

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